[FieldTrip] Post-doc position in development of cognitive control, Marseille, France

Boris BURLE boris.burle at univ-amu.fr
Thu Mar 2 15:19:18 CET 2017

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a post-doc position offer that may be of interest to 
Fieldtrip users:

B. Burle


Post-doc research position in Developmental Psychology/Cognitive 
Neuroscience in Marseille, France

We are seeking for a highly motivated fellow for a 2 years (potentially 
renewable) post-doc position to conduct EEG and structural MRI studies 
from children to young adults. This position is opened within a larger 
project aiming at tracking the development of cognitive control from 
childhood to adulthood.

In the first phase of the project so far, we have collected behavioral 
data in a large cohort of more than 400 participants (from 5 to 14-years 
old) performing conflict tasks. The second phase in which occulometry 
(to extract pupil dilatation and eye movement) and electromyography (to 
extract the so-called " partial errors") in another group of children 
(comparable age-span) is currently being completed. Capitalizing on the 
results of the first two phases, the hired fellow will be mainly 
involved in the third phase of this project that will study the cortical 
components related to executive control maturation. EEG (and EMG) will 
be recorded on children performing conflict tasks to track the 
maturation of the different electrophysiological markers of executive 
control. The same children will undergo a structural MRI scan to get 
precise anatomy and connectivity, along with resting state activity. The 
recruited fellow will be in charge of the acquisition and processing of 
those data. The evolution of the EEG markers and of performance will be 
related to the maturation state of the different brain areas of interest 
and their connectivity.

Candidates should hold a PhD in cognitive/developmental 
psychology/neuroscience. An expertise in either EEG or structural MRI is 
required. Having experience with children is a real plus, and if this 
experience is in association with one of the two techniques listed 
above, that is a major advantage. However, candidates having a strong 
background in one of those techniques but no experience with children 
are still encourage to apply.

Knowledge of a high-level programming language (python, matlab, R...) is 
a real plus.

The daily work language will be english but given the large interactions 
with children, non French-speaking applicant would have to speak a 
minimum amount of French (French courses can be attended in place).

The project is interdsiciplinary, at the cross road of developmental 
psychology, cognitive neuroscience of cognitive control and 
neuro-imagery. The recruited fellow will hence interact with researchers 
in the three domain. Besides, the project in embedded in the vibrant and 
second biggest “behavioral and brain sciences” community in France. 
State of the art methodologies are accessible (Research dedicated MRI - 
Siemens last generation 3T scanner Prisma, MEG, robotized TMS, high 
resolution EEG etc...).

Marseille is located in the south of France (Provence), on the shore of 
the Mediterranean sea, and is known for his very nice weather and 
surrounding: it is bordered by the beautiful “Calanques 
<http://www.calanques13.com/>”, the Alp mountains are within 1h30 ride, 
and so are the major cultural cities of Provence (Aix-en Provence, 
Avignon, Arles...).

Salary is based on experience according to the CNRS (french National 
Center for Scientific Research) rules (and will be around 2000 € netto).

Applications are encouraged immediately, and will remain open until 
position is filled. The position is available immediately.

Please send candidatures (and or request for more information) at 
boris.burle at univ-amu.fr <mailto:boris.burle at univ-amu.fr> with [Post-Doc 
Devel] in the subject of the mail.

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