Doctoral Position in Medical Science
University of Gothenburg Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Sweden

Doctoral student in Medical Science - Interpersonal motor and autonomic synchrony in ESSENCE

Diary id:PAR 2020/832
Employment level:Fixed term
Location:Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Apply by:2020-08-03

Project title: Interpersonal motor and autonomic synchrony in ESSENCE

Job assignments

The PhD education in Medical Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/sahlgrenskaakademin/forskarutbildning/languageId=100001

Project: Neurodevelopmental disorders are a group of conditions affecting brain development and maturation. They are present in approximately 10% of children, often referred to under the umbrella term ESSENCE (Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examination), which covers, amongst others, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Difficulties in social interactions and communications are pervasive within ESSENCE.

This project will investigate the bases of these difficulties, and test the hypothesis that they may be related to difficulties in synchronization and mimicry, both at the motor level (facial mimicry, body posture mimicry, eye gaze synchrony, eye contact) as well as the autonomic level (pupil mimicry, changes in stress levels, heart rate synchronization).

The PhD student will contribute to the development of a video-based analysis system for interpersonal synchrony in our lab, perform data collection in participants, conduct statistical analyses from various biosensors, and collaborate with other members of the team. The doctoral student will also conduct movement analyses. 

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.

Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Medical Science if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

Assessment

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

It is an advantage if the applicant has knowledge and/or experience in the following areas: Neuropsychiatric Disabilities, Motion Analysis, Biomechanics, Work with Children and Adolescents with Neuropsychiatric Disabilities. It is also an advantage if the applicant has good knowledge in programming and data analysis. Previous experience developing software for automated imaging and analyzing a special advantage as well as the recruitment and clinical assessment of people with ESSENCE. The project requires knowledge of oral and written Swedish as the recruitment and testing procedure will be handled by the doctoral student.

Employment

After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, 
Nouchine Hadjikhani, Professor, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology,
e-mail: nouchine.hadjikhani@gnc.gu.se  

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/Documenting-your-eligibility-for-studies/Instructions-for-Masters-applicants/Specific-requirements-for-my-country1/ where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

Closing date: 2020-08-03

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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