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PhD opportunity-Cognitive Neuroscience, Westlake-DKU joint PhD program

The Phylo-Cognition Lab (Kwok Lab) at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is seeking 1 PhD candidate with interest in brain electrophysiology to study the neural bases of episodic memory, metacognition, and related higher cognitive processes in humans and in nonhuman primates.

Our objective is to study the activity of neuronal networks at multiple spatiotemporal scales to comprehend the mechanisms realizing conscious memory retrieval and metacognitive processes. The project aims to elucidate the mechanism of memory replay and metacognition and will involve acquiring multi-unit electrophysiological data of neuronal ensembles in both non-human primates and in human via intracranial brain recording. The lab employs armamentaria of methods including multimodal neuroimaging, in vivo electrophysiology (human patients and macaque monkeys), neuromodulatory methods, state-of-the-art behavioural paradigms, and computational techniques.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantattitive and computational skills. Candidates with prior experiences in primate electrophysiological recording and analysis of neuronal activity or with experiences in rodent electrophysiology are also welcomed to apply. The position is a collaboration with Westlake University. For inquiries, please get in touch with Sze Chai at sk695@duke.edu. For more info, please visit www.kwoklab.org or https://scholars.duke.edu/person/Sze.Chai.Kwok.

For application information: https://gradadmission.westlake.edu.cn/

Deadline of application: 31 March 2024

Some recent work from the lab (with links):

®     Study maps primate neuronal brain activity to episodic experiences

®     Research team finds mental state awareness in macaque monkeys

®     Human brains run multiple systems in memory, DKU study suggests