PhD position in Neurosciences
A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the field of Physiology and Pathophysiology of Vision and Eye Movements at University Claude Bernard Lyon1, Lyon, France. The successful candidate will develop a research within the frame of an ANR-funded research program on the coupling between Eye Movements and Visual Perception.
We are seeking highly motivated individuals with research experience in analysis of electrophysiological signals (EEG, iEEG, MEG). The candidate should have a Master degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields. Expertise and scripting with programming tools including Matlab, C++, Python, BrainVisa, SPM and statistical tools is strongly desirable. Expertise in Eye tracking will be a plus. Fluency in English and French is expected. The applicant should have a proactive attitude, good communication skills, and be able to effectively work in a multi-disciplinary team.
The PhD project is part of an ANR-funded collaboration with Pr. Markus Lappe in Muenster (Germany), aimed at studying the consequences of saccadic adaptation on visual perception. Thanks to behavioral studies in healthy subjects and patients, as well as TMS and fMRI approaches in healthy subjects, we have previously provided evidence that this type of sensorimotor adaptation 1) can modulate visual perception and attentional processes and 2) involves several areas of the cerebral cortex, in addition to the already largely documented contribution of the cerebellum. The aim of the PhD project is to decipher the neural processes underlying this coupling between saccadic adaptation and visual perception. The contribution of the cerebellum to this coupling will be determined by a behavioral approach in cerebellar patients and healthy control subjects, and the role of cerebral cortex and of the cortical neural dynamics will be assessed through intra-EEG recordings in epileptic patients implanted for pre-surgical evaluation.
A post-doc will be hired to develop a complementary fMRI study to identify the cerebral networks involved in the coupling between saccade adaptation and visual perception. Another PhD is currently studying through behavioral approaches and MEG the effects of adaptation on visual attention. The PhD project will be performed in the ImpAct team of the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL: https://crnl.univ-lyon1.fr/index.php/en ), in collaboration with the Human Brain Signals Platform (CESAME Institute: http://www.fondation-neurodis.org/fr/notre-action/signaux-intracerebraux-humains/). ImpAct (Integrative, Multisensory, Perception, Action and Cognition team) brings together about 20 researchers and faculty members specialized in integrative and cognitive neurosciences, and thanks to its partnership with clinical departments, tightly intertwines basic and clinical neuroscience to identify the cognitive, spatial and motor representations underlying voluntary actions, both in human and animal models, and to better rehabilitate neurological disorders induced by stroke or multiple sclerosis, such as hemineglect, extinction, hemianopia, ataxia, dysmetria, nystagmus, oscillopsia…
The PhD fellow will be supervised by Dr. Denis Pélisson who, for the last 5 years, has been the head of ImpAct team of CRNL and worked on the neural substrates of Eye Movements Plasticity.
Applicants should send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a Curriculum Vitae
a motivation Letter
Master results and ranking
The successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of October 2016 although a different starting date may be negotiable.
Deadline for applicants: the 30th of July 2016 or until position is filled.