CEA NeuroSpin – INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit – Cognition & Brain Dynamics Lab

Keywords: M/EEG, virtual reality, temporal cognition, multisensory perception, AI, machine learning

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral cognitive neuroscientist in the European consortium “Extended-personal reality: augmented recording and transmission of virtual senses through artificial-intelligence”. EXPERIENCE involves eight academic and industrial partners with complementary expertise in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, psychiatry, neuroimaging, MEG/EEG/physiological recording techniques, and virtual-reality. The postdoctoral position will be fully dedicated to the Scientific foundation for the Extended-Personal Reality, a work package lead by the CEA (Virginie van Wassenhove) in collaboration with other partners.

Our goal is to investigate the functional correlates of known and novel temporal illusions in perception and cognition. Most projects use human psychophysics, VR, and time-resolved neuroimaging techniques (MEG, EEG). State-of-the-art statistical techniques will be used to assess oscillatory coupling in brain activity as well as decoding and machine learning techniques.  Following a thorough literature review on perceptual, cognitive, and neuroimaging findings of temporal distortions in multisensory contexts and evaluating the replicability of selected findings, we will adapt new experimental protocols to auditory and visual perception. The elicitation of robust multisensory illusions will capitalize on Bayesian processing of multisensory information. Real-time subjective time distortions affecting individuals’ psychometric data will be tested.  The calibration of temporal illusions based on perceptual, emotional, physiological and neurophysiological recording will be tested from one person to another using virtual reality (VR). All experimental protocols will ultimately be extended and adapted to VR with the use of novel wearable and personable technologies developed within the project.

The candidates will have significant experience using time-resolved neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG), a solid research record in cognitive neurosciences, psychology and/or related fields, and some knowledgeable interest in exploring (spatio)temporal cognition with virtual reality. The selected postdoctoral fellow will be located at Neurospin. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the development and transfer of knowledge, will contribute to the validation of novel experimental protocols, their implementation with combined virtual reality and neuroimaging, and state-of-the art analyses approaches. S/he will benefit from the interdisciplinary collaboration, and will be scientifically central to the advancement of the project. S/he will be involved in the organizational and managerial aspects of the project, including the supervision of students, the organization of meetings and project reports.

Requirements for the candidates:

–        hold a PhD in cognitive neurosciences, neurosciences, psychology, and/or related fields

–        solid record of internationally peer-reviewed scientific work

–        expertise or strong interest in time perception, multisensory perception, temporal and/or spatial cognition

–        solid understanding of statistics or machine learning skills

–        prior experience with EEG or MEG methods

–        signal processing and programming skills (matlab; python a plus)

–        autonomy and capacity to lead one’s project independently as well as collaborate with others

–        be an overall good lab citizen

–        fluid mastery of both oral and written English

Expected Starting date: ASAP

Salary: commensurate with experience; positions will be funded for up to 2 years

Application package

·        CV (incl. a list of publications)

·        A reprint of what you consider to be your best work

·        A letter of intent with a statement of research interests

·        Two letters of recommendation (or contacts from which those could be obtained)

Please specify which the project in the email subject line “Experience POSTDOC” and send your application package to Vanna Santoro: giovanna.santoro@cea.fr by October 28th 2022.