It has been a busy summer for the lab. In addition to getting set up at Trinity College Dublin, we've been to some fantastic conferences and met some fascinating people.
We're excited to have been selected as organizers of a symposium at the Human Brain Mapping meeting this June. "Collect Your Thoughts: Individual Differences in the Networks Underlying Intelligence," examines how information is brought together to allow the complex, flexible cognition that is fundamental to human intelligence.
I'm excited to be working with a fantastic group of presenters representing four countries and fittingly for International Women's Day, equally representing the genders:
Rhodri Cusack (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) "The Fronto-Parietal Network is Maturely Connected and Influences Developing Behaviour from the First Months."
Rogier Kievit (University of Cambridge, UK) "Watershed Models of Intelligence Through the Lifespan"
Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania, USA) “Charting dynamic interactions between large-scale brain networks in health and disease”
Lorina Naci (Western University, Canada) “The Neural Machinery of Conscious Cognition: Converging Evidence from Anesthesia-Induced Unconsciousness, Severe Brain Injury and Intellectual Prowess.”
Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the rapidly expanding field of infant neuroimaging. The project’s goals are to understand how cognitive functions emerge, and to address the pressing clinical problem of detecting which infants with perinatal brain injury will develop atypical cognitive function to facilitate focused and timely intervention.
The project will characterize the development of brain systems in the first year after birth using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will require an interdisciplinary synthesis across fields, including models of brain function from cognitive neuroscience, MRI acquisition, and data analysis with machine learning. Experience in each of these areas, or a willingness and aptitude to learn them, is essential. You will hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, computer science, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.
You will be based at the prestigious Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, on Trinity College’s campus in the heart of Dublin, which houses 3T and 7T MRI scanners and has strong clinical collaborations. The successful candidate will join an exciting and dynamic research team and will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, technical skills and transferable skills.
The PhD will be directly supervised by Rhodri Cusack, the incoming Thomas Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience.
To apply, please send before April 1, 2017, the following items by email to rhodri [at] cusacklab.org with the subject line PHD17:
* a cover letter explaining why this project interest you and what you will bring to it
* your curriculum vitae
* your transcript or grades (unofficial is fine at this stage)
* the names of three referees with email addresses and phone numbers
For further details:
* Cusack laboratory http://www.cusacklab.org
* Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience http://www.tcd.ie/Neuroscience
* Trinity College http://www.tcd.ie (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8evbCLVepg)
Kate Lanau at Vice Motherboard wrote a piece on our lab's work, "Why scientists are playing nursery rhymes to babies while scanning their brains."
It has been a great summer for the lab.