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Postdoctoral position to study Experimental Neuroscience

  1. Date: 22.10.2018
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation through FCT Funded project 31418
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Postdoctoral Fellows
  6. Application start: 22.10.2018             Application ends: 15.11.2018

  7. The Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud (Champalimaud Foundation), a private, non-profit research institution, is opening a call for a post-doctoral researcher. Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or Doctorate degree and will be offered an employment contract with unknown term, within the scope of the research project entitled “Spatial Attention: dissecting the cortical and subcortical circuitry during rapid routing of sensory information “ FCT funded project #031418 – from the call Nº 02/SAICT/2017, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Lisbon Regional Operational Programme and by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), through Portuguese National Funds (PIDDAC).
    The contract is to be entered into by and between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate in accordance with all applicable legislation, including Law-Decree 57/2016, of the 29 th of August of 2016 in its current edition and the General Labour Code, as well as the internal rules and regulations of the Champalimaud Foundation, taking into account the conditions set out in the above mentioned Law-Decree for the recruitment of PhD Holders within the scope of research projects funded by public funds.
    The employment contract is with unknown term, starting within the 30 days after this call closing date. Notwithstanding, the parties may, at any time, wish to celebrate a permanent employment contract.

    WORK TO BE PERFORMED

    Subject of Activities:
    The fellow will, depending on expertise, collaborate closely with team members at the Mainen Lab, or spearhead a project to study attention and memory using state of the art electrophysiology and population calcium imaging methods in awake rodents performing relevant behaviors in virtual reality and closed loop systems. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn these techniques from highly experienced colleagues. The fellow will participate in:

    ~ Designing and implementing novel behavioral paradigms to study attention and memory.
    ~ This position will involve hands on work with and shaping of rodent behavior, as well as designing experimental manipulations such as cell-specific stimulation, as needed.
    ~ Development and construction of apparatus and implementation of recording methods for in vivo behaving rodents (e.g. two photon microscopy Calcium imaging and high-density, Neuropixel, electrophysiological recording)
    ~ Development and implementation of computational analysis methods for large ensemble neurophysiological and optical recordings to study the memory and attention systems in rodents.

    PROFILE OF CANDIDATES
    Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a PhD degree.
    Essential qualifications:
    ~ PhD in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biology, Experimental Psychology, Engineering or other research areas relevant to animal behaviour, neurophysiology and computational methods
    ~ Good capacity and value for teamwork, and communication skills.
    ~ Ability to Work and Learn independently, critical thinking capacity to independently develop research project.
    ~ Research experience, with hands on technical experience in construction and configuration of computer/optical/electronics hardware ideally with neurophysiology experience.
    ~ Experience with computer programming (e.g. C, Python, Matlab) ideally in the context of data analysis
    ~ Fluency in English.
    Additional optional qualifications:
    ~ Experience in any of the following areas will be beneficial to the application: animal behaviour experiments, particularly in rodents; data analysis and modeling; theoretical neuroscience.
    ~ Development at the interface between hardware and software (e.g. Rasberry Pi, Arduino, NI-DAQ) or engineering experience.

    REMUNERATION
    The monthly remuneration to be attributed is the 33rd level of the single remuneration table (TRU), approved by Portaria nº 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, starting at a base salary of 2,128.34 Euros.

    APPLICATION
    Applications will be accepted until November 15th;

    To apply: candidates must submit a single document (paper or PDF file) that contains a motivation letter and the CV , both written in English, collectively not exceeding 4 pages.

    Email applications must be addressed to careers@research.fchampalimaud.org and include “CPD2018 ATALLAH” in the subject line.

    Paper applications must be handed at the Main Lobby Reception Desk of the Champalimaud Foundation in a closed envelope addressed to the HR&Fellows Office and identified with the above mentioned reference. Please include an email address at which to be contacted regarding your application.

    The selected candidate must submit proof of her/his PhD or Doctoral Degree within 10 days following notification of the preliminary results. More information about Diplomas recognition may be found in the Euraxess portal.

    All candidates who formalize their application incorrectly or who fail to provide the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request further documentation to support candidate statements.

    EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
    The candidate’s selection will fully observe all applicable legislation and will consist in the evaluation of the scientific and curricular backgrounds of the candidates, with particular attention given to the relevance, quality, actuality and adequacy of the aforementioned backgrounds, to be weighed as follows:
    »» motivation letter: 15%;
    »» curriculum vitae: 70%.
    Evaluation scale: Each application shall be evaluated by the jury in a scale from 0% (not adequate) to 85% (excellent). Should there be a draw, candidates will be invited to interview (5%), reference letters shall be requested (5%) and it shall also by evaluated the potential contribution of the candidate to the ongoing Lab’s research (5%).

    Evaluation methodology: Final evaluation will be based on the above-mentioned criteria. In the event of equal score between the top candidates, the jury will interview each candidate, the result of such interview to serve as the sole tie-breaker. The interview will focus on the research output (co-)produced by the candidates, namely in terms of content, novelty and innovation.

    Based on the above, candidates will be ranked to reflect their global evaluation. A meeting minutes will record each jury meeting.

    Notification of Results: The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email or telephone. All other candidates will be solely by email.
    Prior hearing and deadline for final decision: After being notified, candidates will have 10 work days to present a claim by email. If no claim is received by the Champalimaud Foundation, the jury’s decision will become definitive.
    The present call has the sole purpose of filling the indicated research position. This call may be cancelled at any time on or before the jury’s evaluation of all eligible candidates and the recruitment process shall be concluded on the day of the full execution of the employment contract between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate.

    COMPOSITION OF THE JURY
    The jury is composed by:
    Chair: Joe Paton, Other members: Cristina Domnisorum, Cindy Poo, Zachary Mainen

    Non-discrimination and equal access policy: The Champalimaud Foundation actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right, on basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership.
    Under Decree-Law no. 29/2001, of February 3, the candidate with a disability has preference under conditions of equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare in the application form, on her/his honor, the severity of her/his disability, the type of disability and the means of communication to be used in the selection process, as determined under applicable law.

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