Two-year postdoc position at NeuroSpin on visual plasticity of blind individuals

We are looking for a motivated post-doctoral candidate to join the Cognitive Neuroimaging unit (UNICOG) at NeuroSpin, Paris-Saclay, France, to study the visual plasticity and potential cortical reorganization of blind individuals.

The project is lead by Minye Zhan, in tight collaboration with Stanislas Dehaene and other researchers at NeuroSpin, Laurent Cohen at ICM in Paris, Jose Sahel, Serge Picaud and other scientists at the Vision Institute.

NeuroSpin is France’s advanced brain-imaging center, hosting multiple state-of-the-art neuroimaging systems including three human MRI scanners (3T, 7T, and a world-record 11.7 T human scanner), three animal MRI scanners (7T, 11.7T and 17T), MEG and EEG facilities. UNICOG (lead by Prof. Stanislas Dehaene) studies higher-level cognition, and excels in experimental design. The successful candidate will benefit from the rich technological and experimental expertise in NeuroSpin.

The successful candidate will perform advanced fMRI analysis on individual blind participants, and participate in 3T, 7T fMRI data acquisition. In addition, the candidate may have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the 11.7T human MRI scanner.


Requirements for the candidate

  • PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, computational neuroscience, and related fields.
  • Solid expertise in 3T or 7T fMRI analysis at the single-subject level (such as retinotopy analysis, or precision fMRI). 7T expertise would be a plus.
  • Solid expertise in coding for data analysis, with programming languages such as R, or MATLAB, or python.
  • Fluent in English. French speaking would be a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to probe and deduce subjective percepts of the participants by asking questions.

This full-time postdoc position is funded for two years, expected to start September 2024 or earlier.


How to apply

Please send an email with “IHU-NeuroSpin-Vision” in the header, to, while including the following information:

  • A CV.
  • A short description (one or two pages) of your previous research experience relevant to the current project, and your research interests.
  • Two letters of recommendation (or contacts from which those could be obtained).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, starting immediately. The recruitment is open until the position is filled.


For informal inquiries, please contact .

INSERM CHAIR Recruitment

Using brain imaging to bridge between neuroscience and cognition

The Inserm chair recruitments opened to Inserm are intended for researchers with strong potential to manage and lead research teams and participate in national, European or international projects.
This recruitment, based on research and teaching projects, is aimed at researchers with a doctorate or equivalent and a first post-doctoral experience. The position is offered on a fixed-term contract (CDD) with a view to tenure in the Inserm Research Directors personnel at the end of the contract.

(Opening soon) Application on EVA:

Supporting institution: Inserm : Institut national de la Santé et de la recherche médicale

Name of the head of the institution: Pr. Didier Samuel

Location/ Site concerned:NeuroSpin, Unité 992 de NeuroImagerie Cognitive

Partner institutions: Université Paris Saclay, CEA, CNRS

Research contact: Stanislas DEHAENE:

Administrative contact:

Research fields EURAXESS : Neurosciences (Medical sciences)
Keywords: functional MRI ; magneto-encephalography ; computational models

Job title to be filled:
Chaire – Using brain imaging to bridge between neuroscience and cognition

Body after tenure: Research Director

Anticipated duration of the contract: 4 years

Remuneration package : 3 500 € – 5 000 € according to research experience

National Research Agency package: 200k €

Other package: Co-funding*: 100k €

*Funding will be made available as free access to the 3T, 7T, and 11.7 T and MEG scanners.Candidates will be encouraged to apply for complementary funding, e.g. Starting or Consolidator ERC, ATIP/Avenir, or ANR.

Strategy of the host institution:

Located 25 kilometers south of Paris, in the heart of the Paris-Saclay University, NeuroSpin forms, with its neighbor NeuroPSI, a center for excellence in neuroscience research. NeuroSpin is entirely dedicated to the study of the brain using non-invasive methods. In a building of 11,000 m², NeuroSpin brings together 200 technicians, engineers and researchers who develop tools and models to better understand how the brain works. Since its opening in 2007, NeuroSpin has established itself as a reference center for ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging of the human and animal brain. NeuroSpin hosts sophisticated instruments, some of which are unique in the world, including an 17.2 Tesla preclinical MRI and an 11.7 Tesla MRI for humans. A new magnetoencephalography machine (MEG) has been recently installed.

To exploit this exceptional platform, NeuroSpin seeks to recruit a cognitive neuroscientist of international stature, who has proven his or her ability to jointly exploit multiple behavioral and brain-imaging techniques to shed light on the high-level cognitive functions of the human brain, its developmental and evolutionary origins.

Strategy of the host laboratory:

The goal of the Cognitive NeuroImaging Unit (Unicog) is to shed light on the brain mechanisms of higher cognitive functions in humans by developing and making use of the high-tech neuroimaging methods available at NeuroSpin, conjointly with experimental paradigms from cognitive psychology.

Affiliated to CEA, INSERM, Paris-Saclay University and CNRS, the unit comprises five distinct teams entitled Brain computations (number, probability, confidence, decision making); Languages of the brain (language, math, music); Neuroimaging of Development (impact of development and education on infants and children’s brains); Cognition and Brain Dynamics (mental representation of time, brain dynamics); and Primate cognition and consciousness (conscious processing, anesthesia, disorders of consciousness). By comparing human adults, with or without education, with human children, infants, and non-human primates, the laboratory aims to shed light on which mechanisms are shared by all primates, and which might be specific to humans.

Summary of the scientific project:

The unit aims to recruit a new researcher capable of starting a new line of research that fits with those overall goals. The researcher’s project should fit a number of criteria: (1) focus on resolving the cognitive and brain mechanisms of a well-defined high-level perceptual or cognitive computation; (2) feasibility given the existing methodologies available at NeuroSpin; (3) capacity to integrate multimodal data (e.g. fMRI+MEG+behavior; human + non-human primate data; etc); (4) explicit computational or mathematical modeling; (4) capacity to interact with other teams and researchers in the lab; (5) national and international funding and collaborations.

Summary of the teaching project:

The recruited researcher will teach an advanced course (~40 hours) at the graduate level within the BioSigne Doctoral School of Paris-Saclay University, possibly within one of these two Masters 2 courses: M2 Computational Neurosciences and Neuroengineering | Université Paris-Saclay ( M2 Imagerie Biomédicale | Université Paris-Saclay (

The exact content will be dependent on the specific person being recruited, and will be co-constructed together with other professors in order to be complementary with those already taught by the existing faculty.

A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes: – Advanced methodologies for cognitive brain imaging – Educational cognitive neuroscience – Comparative cognitive neuroscience of human and non-human primates

Scientific communication and dissemination, Science and society :

We expect the candidate to have a strong publication record, not only in specialized journals, but also in general publications, conferences, radio interviews, etc., that contribute to the dissemination of science in the general public. Candidates with a record of accomplishment of applications to education and the science of learning will be particularly appreciated. All software tools and all data produced will be ultimately made available to the international community.

Selection of candidates:

It is expected the recruited researcher to become rapidly a group leader in the team. The candidate shoulddemonstrate ability to supervise Ph.D students, post-doctoral fellows and technical support staff. She/heshould have the capacity to obtain competitive funding to manage her/his group.

Successful candidates are chosen by a selection commission composed of six to ten members, the majority of whom are specialists in the fields of research concerned. The commission carries out an initial examination of the applications, focused in particular on candidate experience and skills relative to the research and teaching project presented above. A shortlist of candidates is then selected for interview. Only candidates selected by the selection committee on the basis of their applications will be invited to interview. The interviews are followed by a deliberation during which selection commission will discuss the quality, originality and, where appropriate, the interdisciplinarity of the research and teaching projects presented by the candidates, their motivation and their scientific and teaching supervision capacity. The candidates selected at the end of the selection process will be offered a researcher contract, following approval from the President and CEO of Inserm.

Required profile:

Education Level : Phd

Researcher Profile : R3/R4

R3 Established researcher A stage in a researcher’s career describing those who have developed a level of independence and can described as an established researcher

R4 Leading Research A stage in a researcher’s career where they can be termed a ‘leading researcher’. This would include the team leader of a research group or head of an industry R&D laboratory.

Your application will be evaluated according to the following criteria :

  • Relevance and originality of the project related to the research field
  • International exposure in research projects
  • Your ability to raise funds
  • Participation in editorial and reviewing activities
  • Your teaching experience
  • Your ability to lead a team

Application instruction:

Applications can be submitted online at EVA.

Deadline application: first quarter 2024

Please complete the scientific file in English.

It is imperative to contact the laboratory corresponding to the Chair you have applied for in order to build the project with them.

Position also open to ‘Bénéficiaires de l’Obligation d’Emploi’ (disabled persons), as defined in article 27 of law no. 84-16 of January 11, 1984 on statutory provisions for the civil service.


Assistant-e administratif-ve

Offre ouvert exclusivement aux candidates avec reconnaissance de travailleur handicapé (RQTH).

L’Inserm est le seul organisme public français entièrement dédié à la recherche biologique, médicale et en santé des populations. Il dispose de laboratoires de recherche sur l’ensemble du territoire, regroupés en 12 Délégations Régionales. Notre institut réunit 15 000 chercheurs, ingénieurs, techniciens et personnels administratifs, avec un objectif commun : améliorer la santé de tous par le progrès des connaissances sur le vivant et sur les maladies, l’innovation dans les traitements et la recherche en santé publique.

Rejoindre l’Inserm, c’est intégrer un institut engagé pour la parité et l’égalité professionnelle, la diversité et l’accompagnement de ses agents en situation de handicap, dès le recrutement et tout au long de la carrière. Afin de préserver le bien-être au travail, l’Inserm mène une politique active en matière de conditions de travail, reposant notamment sur un juste équilibre entre vie personnelle et vie professionnelle.

L’Inserm a reçu en 2016 le label européen HR Excellence in Research et s’est engagé à faire évoluer ses pratiques de recrutement et d’évaluation des chercheurs.

Catégorie A

Corps : Assistant ingénieur

Emploi-Type : J3C44 – Assistant-e en gestion administrative
A propos de la Structure
L’unité de neuro-imagerie cognitive (UNICOG) a été créée en 2002 au sein du Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot et est située au centre NeuroSpin, le centre de recherche en neuroimagerie du CEA à Saclay.

Directeur Stanislas DEHAENE
Adresse : CEA/SAC/DRF/NeuroSpin

Bât 145

Gif sur Yvette 91191

Délégation Régionale Paris-IDF Sud

Mission principale

Rattaché(e) au bureau de l’administration du laboratoire, la personne recrutée assurera des missions spécifiques de secrétariat classique au sein du laboratoire.

Activités principales

Aider à la gestion financière et administrative
Saisie des missions, des commandes, …·
Réceptionner les colis et livraison pour l’Unité
Réaliser des opérations de reprographie, classement et archivage des dossiers financiers et administratifs
Saisie et mettre à jour ou en forme des dossiers professionnels (annuaires, base de données informatiques, frappe de courrier, mise en forme de documents…)
Participer à la gestion des moyens généraux (matériels, fournitures, …)
Gérer et traiter les informations écrites (courrier) et orales (téléphone)


Compétences en techniques administratives
Connaissance de l’organisation de la recherche française et de son financement


Maitrise des outils bureautiques (Word, Excel,…) et des outils de communication (Internet, messagerie,…)
Savoir utiliser des progiciels internes
Savoir rédiger des documents simples et maitriser l’orthographe
Maîtrise de l’anglais oral et écrit
Savoir gérer un système de classement

Savoir hiérarchiser l’importance des courriers et des appels téléphoniques


Aisance relationnelle, qualités d’écoute
Savoir organiser son activité
Capacité à aborder des thématiques variées, dans un écosystème avec de multiples acteur

Capacité d’analyse et de synthèse

Expérience(s) souhaité(s)

Une expérience dans les organismes publics type EPST est souhaitable

Niveau de diplôme et formation(s)

Formation indispensable de niveau Bac (Bac professionnel,…)
Activités télétravaillables
Rémunération  en fonction de l’expérience professionnelle sur des postes de niveau équivalent.

Modalités de candidature

– Télécharger un dossier de candidature depuis la page dédiée à la campagne :
– Envoyer un dossier complet accompagné de l’ensemble des pièces justificatives à
l’adresse :
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