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PostDoc or Phd Candidate position in Human Neuroscience in Aalto University

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

 

Job Description

We invite applications for one (1) PostDoc or PhD candidate position on the field of brain imaging and product development. The position is open in the Brain and Mind Laboratory at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, supervisor being professor Mikko Sams. This research is conducted in close collaboration with Aalto University Design Factory empathy research team headed by Professor Katja Hölttä-Otto. Our research aims at measuring various aspects of empathy between users and product developers through behavioral, physiological and brain imaging methods and testing whether empathy can be transmitted to other product developers on the design process.

Requirements

Given the truly interdisciplinary nature of our study, we are looking for highly interdisciplinary oriented applicants. Candidates should have background in fMRI experimental research and/or physiological measurement and analysis (such as EMG, ECG and GSR). Previous experience with coding/scripting/programming in languages such as python, Matlab, R or others is an important requirement. Candidates are expected to participate in every step of the research process, from experimental design and data collection to advance analysis of the data and interpretation of findings. The project also involves a close and frequent collaboration between the Brain and Mind Laboratory and Design Factory. The candidate will be working in close collaboration with a PhD candidate who is working in Design Factory on the same project. 

Salary and contract terms

The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years, but a contract is first made for one year, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. The expected starting salary for a PhD candidate is approx. 2400 €/month. The employment contract for a postdoctoral researcher is for 2–3 years, with an option for renewal. The expected starting salary for postdoctoral researcher is approx. 3600 €/month and salary level depends on the candidate`s experience and qualifications. Salaries in Aalto University follow the university salary system. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The contract includes occupational healthcare services.

How to apply

The position is open until a suitable person is found. However, please send your application at your earliest convenience via the e-recruitment system Saima. 

Application material should include (all documents in English):

o   Letter of motivation (max one page)

o   CV

o   List of possible Publications

o   Recent diplomas and other certificates

o   Transcript of course records in English with grades

o   Contact details of at least two possible References

The application materials will not be returned. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. The selection process will respect gender equality. 

For further information, please contact

Professor Mikko Sams, [email protected] tel, +358 50 521 5739

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroimaging

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

We are looking for an exceptional, multitalented postdoctoral researcher

for the ”High-resolution Magnetoencephalography” project

funded by a grant from European Research Council to prof. Lauri Parkkonen. This position is open at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University School of Science, Finland. The aim of the project is to leverage the benefits of measuring neuromagnetic signals right on the scalp with highly sensitive optically-pumped magnetometers (OPM), establishing a new way of measuring the human brain in action! The project encompasses the entire chain from sensor technology to data analysis and to neuroscientific experimentation. Ideally, the postdoctoral researcher would be able to contribute to all of these stages of the research although the focus should be on OPM physics and technology and on system integration.

A suitable candidate should be highly motivated and research-oriented, and proficiency in English is mandatory. Theoretical knowledge and experimental skills for laboratory work related to quantum optics, electromagnetic fields, electronics, and analysis of multidimensional data are highly relevant. Basic neuroscience knowledge, MEG/EEG expertise, and Python and/or Matlab programming skills would be additional merits.

In addition to research work, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate to the supervision of students and teaching related to his/her expertise and research topics. The employment contract is typically for 1–2 years, with an option for renewal. The salary level for a postdoctoral researcher is competitive, and depends on experience and qualifications. The contract includes occupational health services.

How to apply
Please apply via electronic recruitment system Saima. Please attach to your application your CV, list of publications, motivation letter and contact details of referees. The position is open until a suitable person is found.

Additional information
For additional information please contact Professor Lauri Parkkonen [email protected]

 

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