This post has become available following the award of a 5-year grant, FLEXSEM to Professor Beth Jefferies. Understanding how we make sense of the world around us and generate thoughts and actions that are appropriate to our circumstances is a key challenge within cognitive neuroscience. The FLEXSEM project provides a focussed exploration of the neurocognitive mechanisms that underpin our ability to retrieve relevant aspects of knowledge, as well as the functional consequences of individual differences in this capacity for decision-making, creativity and well-being. As a member of the friendly and highly productive Memory and Thought Lab at the University of York, headed by Beth Jefferies and Jonny Smallwood, you will have the opportunity to use multiple neuroscience methods to tackle this issue, including network connectivity and multivariate approaches to fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation and magnetoencephalography. The group also has a strong interest in neuropsychology, particularly the effects of stroke aphasia on semantic cognition, and in the neurocognitive basis of mind-wandering. There are currently five postdocs and seven PhD students working on linked projects investigating neural networks supporting different patterns of memory retrieval.
The Psychology Department at York is a great place to be a postdoc: it has a vibrant community of Early Career Researchers and excellent research facilities at the York Neuroimaging Centre. The Department was rated 4th in the UK for research quality in the most recent research assessment (REF 2014). The research group has an excellent track-record of developing people's careers and the Department holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its work in promoting gender equality.
As a Research Associate in the Memory and Thought Lab, you will conduct research and develop new projects under the supervision of Beth Jefferies. You will be expected to work independently, and also collaboratively with others. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in the underlying architecture of memory retrieval, who will be able to develop analyses to test hypotheses about brain organisation within the domain of semantic cognition. You will have prior experience of neuroimaging analysis, coding skills in any language (e.g., MATLAB, Python etc.) and a desire to master cutting-edge neuroscientific methods.
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
Closing date: 03 May 2018
Interview date: To be confirmed
Vacancy reference: 6554
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