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4-years post-doc or PhD position on functional/structural neuroplasticity in CFS (closed)

posted Dec 22, 2011, 6:15 AM by Floris de Lange   [ updated Aug 22, 2012, 12:24 AM ]

We seek an excellent postdoctoral researcher or PhD student for a project on neurobiological and neurocognitive markers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The project is a collaboration between the Expert Centre Chronic Fatigue (Hans Knoop, Jos van der Meer) and the Donders Institute (Ivan Toni, Floris de Lange, Peter Hagoort). The project will be conducted at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen.

The goal of the project is to characterize neuronal and motivational changes associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and isolate neurobiological markers for predicting successful therapeutic intervention with cognitive behavioral therapy. The project will involve using non-invasive neuroimaging methods (Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, structural morphometry, functional magnetic resonance imaging) on patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Post-doc applicants should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and a strong academic record, including publications in international journals. They should have demonstrated excellent data analysis skills. Experience with MRS, VBM, fMRI, and testing clinical populations is considered a plus.

You can e-mail Floris de Lange for more information w.r.t. this vacancy.

PhD position on temporal expectations in Parkinson's Disease (closed)

posted Jul 24, 2011, 11:36 PM by Floris de Lange   [ updated Oct 5, 2011, 12:27 AM ]

Summary:
We are looking for someone interested in pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. The project asks a fundamental research question, using comparisons between Parkinson's patients and controls. The methodology will be mostly electrophysiological (EEG/MEG). The position will be open until a suitable candidate is found. For inquiries about this position, please contact Dr. Floris de Lange (florisdelange@gmail.com) or Dr. Peter Praamstra (p.praamstra@neuro.umcn.nl).

Topic:
We have a vacancy for a PhD position looking at temporal expectations in Parkison's Disease. The proposed research  addresses an emerging paradox in current views on parkinsonian motor impairments. The paradox is that, on the one hand, it is believed that movements guided by external cues are relatively preserved in Parkinson’s disease (PD), providing a basis for the use of rhythmic cueing in rehabilitation. On the other hand, there is growing evidence that PD patients are not sensitive to temporal regularities in the environment and even have difficulty perceiving such regularities. We will address this paradox in an investigation into the neurophysiological basis of cueing. The neurophysiological basis of cueing  will be investigated by examining how patients differ from controls in spontaneous  entrainment to environmental regularities. Entrainment will be quantified in terms of phase and amplitude of slow brain oscillations, as recorded with magnetoencephalography (MEG). According to recent neurophysiological work in primates, endogenous slow brain oscillations adjust their phase and frequency to temporally predictable environmental events. The entrainment of slow oscillations, and nested faster rhythms, enables sensory brain structures to optimise perceptual processing and motoric areas to adopt a predictive mode of control. 

PhD position on perceptual decision making (closed)

posted Mar 8, 2011, 3:51 AM by Floris de Lange   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 11:47 PM ]

Together with Hakwan Lau, we received an NWO Open Competition grant. We have a vacancy for a PhD student to work on conscious and unconscious perceptual decisions, and how they are influenced by top-down factors like attention and expectation. Deadline May 1st. Click here for more information.

PhD & post-doc position on mental imagery (closed)

posted Mar 8, 2011, 3:50 AM by Floris de Lange   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 11:48 PM ]

Together with Ivan Toni, Chrijs Dijkerman and Frans Leijten, we received a NWO Brain & Cognition grant. We have a vacancy for a PhD student and a post-doc to work on 'What is a mental simulation?'. Deadline April 1st. Click here for more information.

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