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Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowships

There are 4 Fellowship positions which are available for a period of three years from April 2014, tenable at Oxford University, in the Department of Experimental Psychology, as part of an EU Framework 7 Marie-Curie Initial Training Network entitled INDIREA (Individualised Diagnostics and Rehabilitation for Attentional Disorders). This overall project aims to develop new diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures for attentional problems in a range of acquired and/or developmental neuropsychological disorders including unilateral neglect, dementia and ADHD.  The projects form part of a larger training consortium linked to the Universities of Copenhagen, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Munich, Magdeburg, TC Dublin) and to a commercial partner (Brain Products). The successful candidate will be registered for DPhil training in Oxford while employed by the University on a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. Candidates will receive training and secondments in labs run by our partners and must be prepared to work in these other labs for periods of time. Candidates must possess a good degree in a relevant subject and it would be useful to have experience in computer programming for experimental control.

The EC funding for this position starts from £38,615 p.a. (€50.200), (depending on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate to be notified by the EC), which includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country).

Details of available projects.

Project 1: “Developing a clinical screen for attentional problems after stroke” (supervisors Glyn Humphreys and Nele Demeyere). This project aims to develop a new bedside screen to measure attentional abilities after brain lesion using TABLET methods. The skill set will require programming in MATLAB as well as good bedside testing skills.

Project 2: “Clinical screening after stroke using MEG & MRI” (supervisor Kia Nobre). This studentship will be involved in developing biomarkers for attentional change after brain lesion using fMRI and/or MEG. Candidates will be expected to develop skills in functional brain imaging and in programming for experimental control.

Project 3: “Cognitive rehabilitation of attention after stroke” (supervisor: Glyn Humphreys). This project aims to assess new attempts to rehabilitate attentional problems after stroke using either computer-based training or EEG biofeedback. The ability to develop web-based training procedures would be useful.

Project 4: “Neuropharmacological rehabilitation of attention after stroke” (supervisor: Masud Husain). This project aims to develop neuropsychological rehabilitation for attentional disorders after brain damage using (e.g.,) pharmacological or other forms of intervention. Experience in programming for experimental control would be valuable.

Further particulars for the post can be obtained from here.

Candidate Requirements

 Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the past three years.

Additionally, you must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when you obtained the degree which would formally entitle you to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
Exceptions to these criteria cannot be made.

In addition, candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:


A good bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a closely related subject.

Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.

Ability to communicate with and relate to other members of a research team and other partners through oral presentations, meetings, written reports and papers.



A good master’s degree in Psychology or a closely related subject.

Proven skills in numerical analysis using Matlab.

Experience of neuropsychology

Application Procedure

To apply for this position:

Candidates are required to send a covering letter (explaining your suitability for the Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow post, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date) a C.V. and 2 academic references to Caroline Waring, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK Candidates should apply for specific projects, indicating their top 3 choices.


Candidates are also expected to:

Further particulars for the post can be obtained from here.

Application Deadline: Noon 20th Dec 2013