The BIND project offers a two-year postdoctoral position, starting from September 2021, under the supervision of Ruben Miranda and Luis M García-Moreno from the Psychobiology and Methodology in Behavioral Sciences Department at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) to work on a EU-funded project to conduct neuropsychological assessment in Spanish population of patients with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD).
Research framework and goals:
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscular dystrophy in childhood and is also associated with cognitive deficits that can lead to intellectual disability and neuropsychiatric disorders (autism, ADHD, TOCs). The nature and severity of the cognitive dysfunctions and brain alterations vary with the position of the mutations in the DMD gene, which may differently affect the expression of several brain forms of dystrophin. Our multidisciplinary and collaborative research program aims to clarify the genotype-phenotype relationships in this disease, define the spectrum of brain comorbidities in DMD and BMD individuals, and how to best assess them, and create optimal and uniform outcome measures to assess brain comorbidities in DMD and BMD.
About the project
This project offers a unique opportunity to work in an large-scale international and multidisciplinary network integrating new advances in our knowledge of the brain involvement in dystrophinopathies. Research will be conducted within the interdisciplinary Department of Psychobiology and Methodology in Behavioral Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in interaction with European leading research groups on the neurobiology, neuropsychology and molecular biology of dystrophinopathies.
Applicants must have a PhD in Psychology, Neuropsychology or a closely-related discipline. Candidates must have experience in neuropsychological assessment and intervention (Clinical Neuropsychology). Experience in child neuropsychology and neuromuscular diseases (particularly in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies) are important. Good inter-personal skills with an ability to work cooperatively in a team, excellent oral and written communication in Spanish are essential. Proficiency in English, written and spoken, and mobility availability are desired.
Applications should include a CV, a cover letter stating research interests, previous experience and contact details of two references, sent as a single PDF file to Prof. Ruben Miranda and Luis M García-Moreno. (email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Ruben Miranda (email: email@example.com)
Employment start date:
UCM Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Psychobiology and Methodology in Behavioral Sciences
Rubén Miranda / Luis M García-Moreno
Fac. Educación, C.F.P
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
C/Rector Royo Villanova 1 – 28040 – Madrid
(+34) 91394 6138 / (+34) 91394 6219