Post-doc research position in Developmental Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience in Marseille, France

07.03.2017
ESCOP
We are seeking for a highly motivated fellow for a 2 years
(potentially renewable) post-doc position to conduct EEG and
structural MRI studies from children to young adults. This position is
opened within a larger project aiming at tracking the development of
cognitive control from childhood to adulthood.

In the first phase of the project so far, we have collected behavioral
data in a large cohort of more than 400 participants (from 5 to
14-years old) performing conflict tasks. The second phase in which
occulometry (to extract pupil dilatation and eye movement) and
electromyography (to extract the so-called " partial errors") in
another group of children (comparable age-span) is currently being
completed. Capitalizing on the results of the first two phases, the
hired fellow will be mainly involved in the third phase of this
project that will study the cortical components related to executive
control maturation. EEG (and EMG) will be recorded on children
performing conflict tasks to track the maturation of the different
electrophysiological markers of executive control. The same children
will undergo a structural MRI scan to get precise anatomy and
connectivity, along with resting state activity. The recruited fellow
will be in charge of the acquisition and processing of those data. The
evolution of the EEG markers and of performance will be related to the
maturation state of the different brain areas of interest and their
connectivity.

Candidates should hold a PhD in cognitive/developmental
psychology/neuroscience. An expertise in either EEG or structural MRI
is required. Having experience with children is a real plus, and if
this experience is in association with one of the two techniques
listed above, that is a major advantage. However, candidates having a
strong background in one of those techniques but no experience with
children are still encourage to apply.

Knowledge of a high-level programming language (python, matlab, R...)
is a real plus.

The daily work language will be english but given the large
interactions with children, non French-speaking applicant would have
to speak a minimum amount of French (French courses can be attended in
place).

The project is interdsiciplinary, at the cross road of developmental
psychology, cognitive neuroscience of cognitive control and
neuro-imagery. The recruited fellow will hence interact with
researchers in the three domain. Besides, the project in embedded in
the vibrant and second biggest “behavioral and brain sciences”
community in France. State of the art methodologies are accessible
(Research dedicated MRI - Siemens last generation 3T scanner Prisma,
MEG, robotized TMS, high resolution EEG etc...).

Marseille is located in the south of France (Provence), on the shore
of the Mediterranean sea, and is known for his very nice weather and
surrounding: it is bordered by the beautiful “Calanques [1]”, the
Alp mountains are within 1h30 ride, and so are the major cultural
cities of Provence (Aix-en Provence, Avignon, Arles...).

Salary is based on experience according to the CNRS (french National
Center for Scientific Research) rules (and will be around 2000 €
netto).

Applications are encouraged immediately, and will remain open until
position is filled. The position is available immediately.

Please send candidatures (and or request for more information) at
boris.burle@univ-amu.fr with [Post-Doc Devel] in the subject of
the mail.