[Eeglablist] Postdoc position - Auditory Predictions with iEEG and Single-Unit recordings in humans

Alejandro Blenkmann ablenkmann at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 01:38:00 PDT 2021

Dear colleagues,
I'm looking for a talented postdoc to join our project on Auditory
Predictions using intracranial EEG and single-unit recordings in humans.
Please spread the word!

*Brief description of the position:*

A postdoctoral research fellowship (SKO1352) in cognitive neuroscience is
available at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and
Motion at the University of Oslo <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.uio.no_ritmo_english_&d=DwIFaQ&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=nS50Jim9bY6M0gGzswHlRq_jZD8S9qp4WHAPiIZoGWI&s=bCfxTNGKjU2KyxyYv4ytouxStCVD1t8cBdjrJEekpUs&e= >.

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project “Neurophysiological
Mechanisms of Human Auditory Predictions: From population- to single neuron
recordings <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.uio.no_ritmo_english_projects_audiopred_index.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=nS50Jim9bY6M0gGzswHlRq_jZD8S9qp4WHAPiIZoGWI&s=mXp_oVlJLR3rXsj29I-qL6w3cZsascR_dbtAD8RO9ng&e= >”,
and will have a primary affiliation with the Structure and cognition cluster
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.uio.no_ritmo_english_research_structure-2Dcognition_&d=DwIFaQ&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=nS50Jim9bY6M0gGzswHlRq_jZD8S9qp4WHAPiIZoGWI&s=EvVqglnBPR-iXsWCUnYkMp5YqfkVkiHPv3MmnpLaOuM&e= >at RITMO.

*The overarching aim of the project is to identify the neurophysiological
basis of auditory predictions*. We will record electrical signals directly
from the brains of patients with epilepsy (implanted with electrodes for
clinical reasons) while they, for example, listen to streams of regular
sounds that are occasionally replaced by unexpected events. *We aim to
delineate how distinct brain areas play different roles and interact in
encoding auditory regularities, predicting upcoming sounds, and detecting
unexpected sounds or silences.*

The work of the postdoctoral fellow will have a particular focus on the
role of neuronal populations during the prediction of regularities of
auditory stimuli. The candidate will work with local field potentials
(intracranial EEG/iEEG/SEEG/ECoG) and single- and multi-unit activity
(SUA/MUA) obtained from patients with epilepsy. We aim to understand how
“prediction” and “prediction error” signals are encoded in the human brain
and how these signals are communicated between cortical and subcortical

In collaboration with interdisciplinary research staff, the fellow will
develop a subproject that addresses the core research questions of the
overarching project. They are expected to be involved in all aspects of the
research, including experimental design, data collection in a clinical
setting, signal analysis, and publishing results related to the project

The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Department of
Neurosurgery at Oslo University Hospital, Norway, the Department of
Psychology/Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, USA, and the
Neurosciences and Complex Systems Unit at El Cruce Hospital - CONICET,
Argentina. Moreover, meetings with the project scientific advisory board
are expected (Lucia Melloni, Karl Friston, Robert T. Knight, and
Anne-Kristin Solbakk).

The appointment is for three years, starting April 1st, 2022. A 4th year
can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirements,
depending on the qualifications of the recruited candidate, departments’
needs for teaching, and the centre’s need for assistance.

Qualification requirements


   A Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, physics, biomedical engineering,
   medicine, or related field.

   Experience with a) signal processing of brain activity data, b)
   scientific programming in Matlab, Python, or any other programming
   languages, and c) statistics.

   Knowledge of cognitive experimental designs is an advantage.

   Prior experience with single-unit or multi-unit activity data analysis
   (human or animal research) is a significant advantage.

   Excellent skills in written and oral English.

   Personal suitability and motivation for the position

*Deadline: November 1st, 2021*

*More information:*

Alejandro Blenkmann, he, Eng, PhD
Researcher / AudioPred Project Leader
Front Neurolab - RITMO
University of Oslo

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