PhD Position in the research project „Oscillatory mechanisms underlying memory retention and reactivation during sleep"
Sleep benefits memory, and it is assumed that a fine-tuned interaction between hippocampal memory reactivations and several brain-oscillatory processes underlie the beneficial effect of sleep on memory (e.g. Rasch & Born, 2013). A causal role of memory reactivations is supported by studies showing that inducing reactivations during sleep by cueing improves memory formation (e.g. Rasch et al., 2007; Rudoy et al., 2009, Schreiner & Rasch, 2015; Schreiner, Lehmann & Rasch, 2015). However, the oscillatory mechanisms of "successful" memory reactivation during sleep still remain to be clarified. In this project we aim at identifying the oscillatory underpinnings of successful memory reactivations during sleep using targeted memory reactivation, electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) during sleep in healthy adults.
The ideal candidate will hold a Masters degree in cognitive neuroscience, psychology or related fields. A strong background in experimental methods, statistics and data analysis is required, ideally including experience in EEG recordings and analysis. Applicants must be highly motivated and willing to pursue research and develop skills across disciplines. Applicants must be fluent in English and/or German.
We offer the PhD candidate to conduct and contribute to exciting research projects in close collaboration with an excellent and highly motivated team. The research will be performed in the fully equipped sleep and memory laboratory of the Division of Cognitive Biopsychology and Methods at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Terms of employment conform to the regulations of the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Anticipated starting date: 1st of September 2016 Duration: 3-4 years
Application deadline: 15th of May 2016
Please send your application (cover letter detailing the motivation for the proposed project, CV, and the names/addresses of two referees) per email to: Esther Stauffacher, secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prof. Björn Rasch
Division of Cognitive Biopsychology and Methods, University of Fribourg Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2, CH 1701 Fribourg, Switzerland
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