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 of blind individuals with multiple advanced visual restoration techniques, including gene therapies and retinal implants.

The successful candidate will closely interact with the patients undergoing visual restoration treatments, design and perform behavioral (psychophysics) experiments to probe the visual percepts of the patients, and will be involved in neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG) experiments of both the patients and normally sighted participants. In the project, the candidate will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with advanced 7T fMRI techniques.

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

NeuroSpin is France’s advanced brain-imaging center. NeuroSpin hosts 8 state-of-the-art neuroimaging systems including three human MRIs (3T, 7T, and a world-record 11.7 Tesla), three animal MRIs (7T, 11.7T and 17.T), MEG and 3-photon imaging. 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.

Requirements for the candidate

– PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and related fields.
– Solid expertise in designing and conducting behavioral (psychophysics) experiments, including programming experiments in MATLAB or python.
– Fluent in both French and English.
– Excellent communication skills, ability to probe and deduce subjective percepts of the participants by asking questions.
– Desire to help patients with vision loss.
– Expertise in fMRI, EEG, or MEG would be a plus.
The full-time postdoc position is funded for 3 years, expected to start in early 2022.

How to apply
Please send an email with “IHU-NeuroSpin-Vision” in the header, to giovanna.santoro@cea.fr, while including the following information:
– A CV.
– A short description 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.

For informal inquiries, please contact zhanminye@gmail.com .