Postdoctoral Scholar – Neurosurgery – Carver College of Medicine
An exciting full time postdoctoral research position is available in the Human Brain Research Laboratory (HBRL) in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. The project is aimed to carry forward our previous groundbreaking work on misophonia (Kumar et al, 2017, Current Biology, PMID: 28162895; Kumar et al, 2021, Journal of Neuroscience, PMID:34021042), using multimodal measurement techniques (fMRI/EEG/intracranial EEG) to test specific hypotheses and build a comprehensive neurobiological model of misophonia.
Misophonia is a disorder of emotion processing in which commonly occurring sounds in daily life such as those generated by other people eating, drinking, chewing and breathing evoke a strong negative emotional response, that can have devastating effects on the occupational, domestic and social lives of its sufferers.
The current project will investigate the factors that drive the aberrant brain hyperactivity and connectivity in misophonia observed in our previous work. In particular, the contribution of ‘top-down’ factors of expectations and beliefs in modulating the brain activity and distress evoked by trigger sounds in misophonia will be examined. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) will be used as measurement techniques along with computation modelling (e.g., dynamic causal modelling). In addition, The Human Brain Research Lab at Iowa offers a unique opportunity to record local field potentials (LFPs) from a range of cortical and subcortical brain areas, using intracranially implanted surface and depth electrodes in human patient volunteers undergoing neurosurgical treatment.
Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on NIH guidelines for post-doctoral fellows. This funded project is for an initial period of two years.
Applicants should submit a C.V., a letter of interest describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar at email@example.com.
Education Requirement: PhD degree in Neuroscience/Neuroimaging
Required Qualifications: Experience in analyzing fMRI/EEG data using general linear modelling (GLM) and dynamic causal modelling (DCM)
The candidate is expected to be able to design fMRI experiments and should have programming skills in Matlab/Python.
Desirable Qualifications: A background in the neuroscience of emotion is desirable.
Salary: $53,760 to commensurate
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 1, 2022
Department URL: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/neurosurgery/
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