PhD position in Neurosciences
A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the area of Neuroimaging at the University of Bordeaux, France. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop a novel analysis method for neural signals and modeling functional connectivity.
We are seeking for highly motivated individuals who have research experience in neuroimaging analysis (e.g., structural, diffusion or functional MRI). The candidate should have a Master degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields. Good command of programming tools including Matlab, C++, , and scripting under Linux are necessary to carry out the research work in this group.
Interacting with our modern world is highly challenging for older subjects, as it necessitates strong cognitive control. Developing the awareness necessary to live in an autonomous way might be initiated through new skills learning, keeping the elderly active and flexible. In this project, we aim at:
- Exploring scaffolding activations in elderly, during a feedback-based learning task.
- Investigating trial to trial variability both in performance and in functional connectivity within the scaffolded networks.
- Establishing new pattern of brain functional dynamics induced by a one-week practice on the same task at home using mobile devices.
This project will benefit from research in the laboratory on assessment with new ecological and ambulatory technologies, which combined with brain imaging, will permit to measure neural plasticity. The hope is that this knowledge can ultimately be used to design better methods of cognitive maintenance.
The Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine (INCIA) brings together researchers specialized in cognitive and integrative neurosciences.
Our Institute, which comprises nearly 60 researchers and faculty members covers various research fields which include cognitive neuropsychology, neuroscience, psychophysics and computational science to address basic scientific themes such as neural network operation underlying adaptive motor behavior, addiction, executive functions, motivation, emotion and memory, perception and attention, cognitive deficits and disability.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Sandra Chanraud. She joined the EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) in 2012. For the last 3 years, she has worked in neural substrates of learning in aging. Previously, she worked in the domain of Alcoholism at Stanford University.
- MSc degree in computational neuroscience, mathematics, physics, engineering or a related area.
- Experience with programming and data analysis in Matlab/Python.
- Experience with neuroimaging/ Experience in prototyping applications for mobile devices are considered as a plus.
- The applicant should have a proactive attitude, good communication skills, and be able to effectively work in a multi-disciplinary team.
- Fluency in English. Knowledge of French is a plus.
Informal inquiries and how to apply:
All applicants should submit:
• a Curriculum Vitae,
• a Statement of Purpose clearly describing their research interests,
• two recommendation letters,
• an electronic version of a recent research project (e.g. master thesis, scientific publication).
The successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of September 2016 although a different starting date may be negotiable.
Deadline for applicants: 30th of June 2016.