Postdoctoral position on high-resolution functional MRI and transcranial focused ultrasound at NeuroSpin, France

A postdoctoral position with Qi Zhu ( is available in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit ( at NeuroSpin. The position will be funded with a grant from the ANR, the French National Research Agency.

The postdoctoral fellow will work on a project with transversal collaboration among ultra-high field MRI, therapeutic ultrasound, and non-human primate (NHP) imaging experts (Benoit Larrat, Alexis Amadon, Nicolas Boulant, Wim Vanduffel). The aim is to use a combination of ultra-high-resolution fMRI (at 3T, 7T, and potentially 11.7T) and focused ultrasound to study the effect of therapeutic ultrasound on primate social behaviour and the neural mechanism behind it. The ultimate goal is to pave the way for improved treatments for social dysfunction.
Candidate profile
Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical physics), and ideally prior end-to-end experience with the use of fMRI and non-human primates, good programming, experimental and statistical skills. Prior experience with therapeutic ultrasound and more precisely brain applications of it would be a plus. A good level of English is required. Knowledge of the French language is an asset but not essential.

About NeuroSpin
NeuroSpin is a top-notch brain imaging center — a building entirely dedicated to the understanding of the brain, and the development of neuroscience and neuroimaging technologies. Three research labs currently share their expertise on site and provide a stimulating research environment. The facility is also open to additional external teams. NeuroSpin hosts 8 state-of-the-art neuroimaging systems including three human MRIs (3T, 7T, and soon a world-record 11.7 Tesla), three animal MRIs (7T, 11.7T, and 17.2T), a MEG system, several EEG and a 3-photon imaging system. In addition, mechanical and electronic workshops and staff are ready to support projects as well as a preclinical housing facility with all required equipment.

Practical information
The contract is for 2 years full time. The employment is with the CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and two letters of recommendation (or the appropriate contact information) to Qi Zhu ( Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Kamimura, H. A. S., Flament, J., Valette, J., Cafarelli, A., Badin, R. A., Hantraye, P., & Larrat, B. (2019). Feedback control of microbubble cavitation for ultrasound-mediated blood-brain barrier disruption in non-human primates under magnetic resonance guidance. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 39(7), 1191–1203.


NEUROSPIN is looking for a post-doctoral researcher on the Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to join a large-scale collaborative project (“Accelerating Research on Consciousness) focused on testing two major theories of consciousness: global neuronal workspace theory (GNWT) and integrated information theory (IIT). Funded by a Templeton World Charity Foundation initiative (, the project involves several exciting components including adversarial collaboration (team members include Stanislas Dehaene & Giulio Tononi), open science practices (pre-registration, data sharing, internal replications, etc.), and acquisition of large, rich datasets from three different techniques (M-EEG, fMRI, ECoG).


Profile: We are looking for a post-doc with strong background in cognitive neuroscience methods and interests in open science, big data, and big questions, i.e. the neural underpinnings of consciousness.


 Eligible qualifications for this position include:

  • D. in Physics, Engineering, Cognitive neuroscience, or related discipline
  • Thorough knowledge of the technical, theoretical and practical principles of M/EEG, fMRI and EcoG and expertise in signal processing.
  • Fluent knowledge in computer programming (languages: Python, Matlab, shell scripting, C++)
  • Knowledge of cognitive neuroscience

Knowledge of the French language is not required, but would be a bonus.

The position is funded for two years, with a start date around September 1, 2021. The postdoc will be based in the laboratory of Prof. Stanislas Dehaene at NeuroSpin. She/he will work on the pre-registered experiments and planned analyses, in coordination with an international team of scientists, to ensure data quality and overview the analyses, with a particular focus on the application of multivariate decoding techniques to MEG and intracranial signals, and to the fusion of multi-modal data (fMRI, MEG, intracranial). There will be many opportunities to explore independent questions using these same datasets and contribute to side projects that can lead to autonomous publications.

To apply, submit a CV, contact information for 2-3 references, and a cover letter highlighting relevant research experiences and interests directly to with “Accelerating Research on Consciousness” in the headline. Please apply before June 18, 2021.

NeuroSpin is France’s advanced brain-imaging center – a building entirely dedicated to the understanding of the human brain and the development of neuroscience technologies. Five laboratories currently share their expertise on site and provide a stimulating research environment. NeuroSpin hosts 8 state-of-the-art neuroimaging systems including three human MRIs (3T, 7T, and soon a world-record 11.7 Tesla), three animal MRIs (7T, 11.7T and 17.T), an MEG system, and a 3-photon imaging system. The MEG is a 306-channel system (Neuromag/Elekta) typically paired with EEG (native + EGI) and eye-tracking (Eyelink 1000 SR Research).

NeuroSpin teams develop advanced post-processing tools for structural image processing (BrainVisa), fMRI data analysis (Nipy, Nilearn), diffusion imaging (Connectomist), and M/EEG analysis (MNE Python). A 150-terabyte data archiving system, a large local computer cluster and access to the new CEA supercomputer are available. Neurospin’s environment also benefits from the new NeuroPSI building, dedicated to fundamental neuroscience and opening in 2021.