The successful PhD candidate will review the literature on cognitive training and cognitive assessment with the goal of identifying relevant cognitive tasks. These cognitive tasks will be implemented in the lab and then used in a large-scale online study to construct a battery for cognitive assessment meant to serve as a standard to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive training interventions
Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience Psychometrics/Individual Differences Psychology Brain Imaging (fMRI) Data Science/Statistics/Machine Learning Development skills in R, Python or Matlab are required. Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required
UOL02123 21-Sep-2018 Company Text The University of Luxembourg seeks to hire outstanding researchers within its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education: 1 PhD Candidate in psychology / cognitive neuroscience Investigating the mechanism underlying cognitive training - An interdisciplinary approach for characterizing effects and determinants (M/F) Réf.: R-AGR-3122-10-C 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 3 years Full-time (40h/p.w.) Start date: 1st February 2018 Student and employee status/36 months PhD studies program Your Role The eXperimental Cognitive Information Technologies (xCIT) research group from the University of Luxembourg invites applications from PhD candidates to work an interdisciplinary project focusing on behavioural interventions to enhance cognitive abilities. Research over the past decade shows that certain behavioural interventions—in particular action video game play—may improve a broad range of cognitive abilities that can impact real-world outcomes. Here we ask why those interventions are effective and how to best characterize the cognitive consequences of such interventions. The successful PhD candidate will review the literature on cognitive training and cognitive assessment with the goal of identifying relevant cognitive tasks. These cognitive tasks will be implemented in the lab and then used in a large-scale online study to construct a battery for cognitive assessment meant to serve as a standard to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive training interventions. Finally, we will conduct an intervention study testing multiple cognitive training programs. In addition, during the development of the battery as well as during the intervention study (pre/post) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) will be used to investigate the brain activity of the participants while performing the cognitive tasks to further clarify and understand the underlying constructs and neuronal underpinnings, and relate those to behavioural performance and training achievements. The ultimate goal of this project is to use individual differences approach on large behavioural data sets and brain imaging to improve our understanding of how to improve cognition and design efficient intervention to do so. The successful PhD candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Pedro Cardoso-Leite (expert in experimental psychology, ATTRACT fellow, University of Luxembourg) and by Dr. Jöran Lepsien (expert in cognitive neuroscience and attention, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig Germany). Although the PhD student will be required to spend at least 75% of his time at the University of Luxembourg, it is expected that he will spend several stays at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig. Your Profile Experimental Psychology / Cognitive Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience Psychometrics / Individual Differences Psychology Brain Imaging (fMRI) Data Science / Statistics / Machine Learning Development skills in R, Python or Matlab are required. Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. We offer The University offers highly competitive salaries and ample opportunities for training activities towards professional development. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and growing centre. The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. Further Information Applications written in English should be submitted online and should include: Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience and list of publications) Cover letter explaining your motivation Transcript of all courses and grades for your Bachelor and Master program Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words) Contact information for at least two referees Further Information Deadline for applications: 21st September 2018.
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