18month Paid Position for Postdoctoral/Engineer Improving and Developing Tools for Analyzing Adaptive Educational Software for Kids

Location: Neurospin

Project Financement: Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir Action “innovation numérique pour l’excellence educative”, chapter Espace de Formation, de Recherche et d’Animation Numérique (e-FRAN).

Job description: We are currently developing game based software,  called Kalulu, for early reading and math education. The game is being developed using the platform Godot (https://godotengine.org/), a python based programming language. The game combines an education pedagogy based on principles from cognitive science, with adaptive algorithms that create a model of the child’s knowledge, which in turn, shape the users experience ensuring an appropriate level of learning.

The game will be tested by ~1000 French school children in France. An alpha version of Kalulu already exists. A link from the website to see the game can be access here, https://ludoeducation.wordpress.com/).

Requirements: Presently, we seek a highly motivated post-doctoral engineer to help us improve Kalulu in the following areas:

  • Improve how the game models the child’s knowledge
  • Develop specific algorithms for game adaptation according to the child’s model
  • Create the data-files that will be communicated to the lab of the child’s progress
  • Help us create a page within the game environment that will communicate the child’s knowledge model to the teacher
  • Help us to create models in python for analyzing the progress made by the child.

The candidate must have experience in programming using Python, developing adaptive algorithms, data analysis and modeling. Experience in tablet game development (using Godot or another platform) is a definite bonus. We do not require that you have a background in education, however, we are looking for extremely motivated people that want to make a difference in how children learn! The candidate’s job will not be just to improve  our alpha Kalulu but to help us think of new and innovative ways to model the child’s performance and support learning. Applicants should mail their cv to cassandra@potierwatkins.net.



Permanent position in high-resolution human functional MRI at NeuroSpin

NeuroSpin, France’s research center for innovation in brain imaging technologies, is opening a permanent position
for a research scientist in high-resolution human functional MRI. This is a pure research position, without any
teaching requirement. We are looking for an experienced principal investigator. Both junior and senior candidates are
welcome, and the salary will be modulated according to experience.
Candidates should have a dual-track record: (1) a proven capacity to develop methods that push the spatial resolution
of functional MRI and relate it to its anatomical substrate. (2) a strong publication record in any domain of cognitive
neuroscience, either fundamental or clinical.
Past experience could include one or more of the following:
– fMRI sequence development, reconstruction and post-processing methods
– Detailed fMRI mapping of individual subjects
– High-resolution visualization of cortical maps or cortical columns
– Determination of cortical codes (e.g. tuning curves, coding schemes…)
– fMRI dissection of the functional role of cortical layers
– Comparison of fMRI signals with intracranial and/or single-cell recordings
– Relation of fMRI signals to anatomical and diffusion signals.
Candidates are expected to develop their own research program using the 7 T and 11.7 T human magnets available at
NeuroSpin, while collaborating with the existing in-house teams. They will benefit from a dynamic scientific
environment including scientists and support groups already working in all aspects of functional, anatomical and
diffusion MRI as well as spectroscopy, from coil design to MR sequence development and reconstruction.
The 7 T magnet is a state-of-the-art Siemens magnet, upgraded in early 2018 with the novel connectome whole-body
gradient set running at 100mT/m, and fully equipped with visual, auditory, and eye-tracking devices. The 11.7 T is a
world-premiere that will be up to field in late 2018, initially devoted to animal experiments, and seeking approval for
human experiments around 2020-2021.
Please send your letter of intention (1-2 pages), CV, and letters of recommendation, before December 31st 2017, to
Maryline Hevin, assistant to the director: maryline.hevin@cea.fr


Two Positions at NeuroSpin


We currently do not have any opening for PhD students.

Self-funding postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply