Jobs

March 2019

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN NEURAL CONTROL OF MOVEMENT PREPARATION

Project title:

Understanding the contribution of the motor system to action preparation.

Principal investigator and host laboratory:

Julie Duque, Institute of Neuroscience, UCLouvain, Brussels, Belgium

A postdoctoral Research Fellow position (24 months) is available in the laboratory of Julie Duque located in Brussels (https://www.coactionslab.com/), at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Université catholique de Louvain. The lab explores a range of questions pertaining to the cognitive neuroscience of human behavior. We conduct experiments to explore the interaction between cognition and action in neurologically healthy and impaired individuals. We use a variety of techniques to characterize the functional role of different parts of the motor pathways including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). We are currently developing a virtual reality system to study movements in simulated worlds.

Project Description:

The candidate will contribute to a project supported by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). The program combines various methodologies including TMS and EEG in neurologically healthy and impaired individuals in order to identify how the motor system - including the basal ganglia and the cerebellum - contributes to action preparation at the level of both motor choices and the control of overt movements.

Required skills and experience for the position:

Candidatures should be highly motivated and independent scientists, with a competitive CV.

  • PhD is required.
  • Backgrounds in neurosciences, psychology, engineering and motor science are welcome.
  • Expertise in human EEG and/or data modelling is essential.
  • Programming skills (Matlab, R, Python, C++) are highly expected.
  • Prior experience with TMS is a plus.
  • Good English skills (spoken and written) are required.
  • Communication and teamwork skills are crucial.

Main responsibilities of the candidate:

  • To contribute as a key member of the team through conducting experiments on human subjects.
  • To test healthy subjects and patients in behavioral tasks (visually guided movements).
  • To use Matlab (or equivalent) to program the behavioral tasks and analyze data.
  • To make various EEG recordings, including TMS-evoked potentials, and study their relationship with MEPs elicited by TMS in targeted muscles.
  • To work on the analysis and interpretation of the behavioral and neural data.
  • To prepare papers and presentations at scientific conferences.
  • To continually update knowledge and understanding in the field of action preparation.
  • To provide guidance and supervision for student projects and participate to the training of students.

Starting date of the project is June 2019 – Funding is provided for 2 years

For more details about the position, please contact Julie Duque: julie.duque@uclouvain.be.

Candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and contacts of two referees for recommendation letters.

January 2019

PhD and Postdoc positions - Human Visual Neuroscience

 

Our lab (UC Louvain, Belgium) has PhD and postdoc position openings on two separate projects.

Project 1. How are visual category representations built from lower level processing? (1 PhD and 1 Postdoc)

In the context of a larger collaboration with KU Leuven (BE; PIs: Bart Boets, Hans Op de Beeck and Johan Wagemans), UC Louvain (BE; PIs: Olivier Collignon, Valérie Goffaux and Bruno Rossion), Stanford University (USA; PI: Antony Norcia) and the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging (NL; PI: Serge Dumoulin), one PhD and one postdoc position are opened to investigate how the human visual system processes complex and natural images. A growing corpus of evidence indicates that vision emerges from the dynamic and recurrent interactions between low- and high-level visual regions. By means of 3Tesla and 7Tesla neuroimaging, the overarching goal of the project is to investigate the recurrent dynamics in the human ventral visual pathway during the processing of faces, objects and natural scenes.

Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD and postdoc researchers in collaboration with other PI’s of the consortium. Both positions are fulltime and funded for an initial year. The PhD position is renewable for up to 4 years. The postdoctoral position is renewable for up to 3 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.

Project 2. Contextual modulations at low- and high-level stages of visual processing (1 PhD)

Visual experience is influenced by spatial context. Context modulates the encoding of basic (e.g., luminance, orientation) and higher-order visual cues (e.g. the features of a face). By means of psychophysics and neuroimaging (3Tesla), this project will investigate at the individual observer level the functional relationship between basic and higher-order contextual modulations.

Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD in collaboration with Pieter Moors (KU Leuven).The PhD position is fulltime, funded for an initial year, and renewable for up to 4 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.

 

Profile

  • PhD applicants should have or should soon obtain a Master's degree in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, computer science, or related areas.
  • Postdoctoral candidates should hold a PhD degree in one of these domains.
  • In addition to a genuine interest in human vision and cognitive neuroscience, the ideal candidate has skills in programming (e.g., Matlab) and data analysis, and a high level of written and spoken English.
  • Experience with psychophysics and/or neuroimaging research, as well as good computer skills (e.g. Matlab) and advanced statistical knowledge and skills are a plus.
  • Further assets are a creative mind, good problem solving skills and a collaborative and collegial attitude.

To apply, please send a brief (max. 1,000 words) personal statement describing your qualifications and research interests, your CV, and the contact information of two references, to valerie.goffaux@uclouvain.be before February 15 2019.

 

Recruitment for a PhD in Neuroscience

Overview

The CHU UCL Namur and the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) of the UCLouvain are looking for a top-class PhD student to run a multidisciplinary research in NeuroScience.

The project aims at quantifying motor function recovery and motor learning in the early phase of stroke by means of robotics, and at correlating recovery and motor learning with functional MRI.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a strong scientific or medical background and experience with Matlab programming, and/or fMRI, and/or robotics applied to neuroscience/human movements, and/or neuroscience.

Timing

The project will start immediately after the selection of the candidate.

Settings

The project will be run in the Stroke Unit of the CHU UCL Namur (Mont-Godinne), with French-speaking patients. Therefore, if you do NOT speak French fluently, please do NOT apply.

The application will include a full CV; a letter of motivation underlying why the candidate is the best suited for this project; and 2 letters of recommendation.

Contact

Please send your application to:

Pr Yves Vandermeeren, MD, PhD

yves.vandermeeren@uclouvain.be

December 2018

Vacancy: PhD thesis proposal (or junior post-doc position) in clinical neuroscience

“Biochemical characterization of amyloid and tau protein pathologies in the cerebrospinal fluid and plasma”

Overview

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by both amyloid and tau pathologies. The concentrations of these proteins can now be measured in the cerebrospinal fluid. Characterizing the biochemical abnormalities of these proteins using human samples is critically important for better understanding the disease progression, specifically in the preclinical stages. Besides, developing blood-based biomarker able to detect amyloid and/or tau pathologies would allow screening the elderly population at large, before the onset of cognitive impairment. New techniques, such as mass spectrometry or SIMOA, have the potential to describe the sites of phosphorylation of the tau protein and to detect the presence of amyloid (and tau) in the plasma. We are currently developing these cutting-edge techniques at the Louvain Aging Brain lab and we are setting up collaborations to validate these new in-vivo biomarkers against human post-mortem samples. We are providing access to a large database of frozen samples and are acquiring an average of sixty samples a year from patients having a variety of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical and imaging data are available for most of the patients, to conduct clinico-pathological studies.

Setting

Université Catholique de Louvain, Avenue Mounier, 1200 Brussels, Belgium.

The Louvain Aging Lab (LAB): Prof. B. Hanseeuw, Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) includes three PIs, three PhD students, and eight master students.

In collaboration with:

The Neurochemistry Unit: Prof. V. van Pesch, IoNS

The MassProt and PHOS Units: Prof. M. Rider, De Duve Institute

Timing

The candidate is expected to start working between January and September 2019, after enrolment in the local Neuroscience PhD program.

Requirements

Candidates must have a master degree in medicine, pharmacy, biology, or chemistry. Strong laboratory skills and interest for neurodegenerative disorders are required. The candidate should be fluent in English and/or French. Junior post-docs having experience with mass spectrometry or SIMOA are also encouraged to apply.

For candidates with no previous research experience, excellent academic grades are required. Support letters from previous supervisors are welcome.

Funding

Support from the Clinical Research Fund of UCLouvain is available to fund the thesis during an initial period of 2 years. During this period, the candidate will apply for a FRIA or FNRS PhD grant for further support until thesis completion (http://www.fnrs.be/en/index.php/calls-regulations; total: 4 years). Approximate stipend: 1700€/month (this estimate could vary with family situation, age, degrees). Financial support for commuting to the University will be provided. Funding will be re-evaluated every year according to achievements, in collaboration with the PhD supervision committee.

Contact

Bernard.Hanseeuw@uclouvain.be