[visionlist] postdoc offer in Marseille (France)
chavane at incm.cnrs-mrs.fr
Tue Feb 17 05:06:48 PST 2009
A postdoctoral position to conduct optical imaging studies of the
cortical impact of retinal implant is available at the Mediterranean
Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences (Marseille, France) with Dr. F.
Chavane in DyVA team (Dynamics of Vision and Action
<http://incm.cnrs-mrs.fr/en_equipedyva.php>). Appointment is for two
years. Start date must be before the end of 2009.
Research focuses on testing the functional impact of retinal implants in
rats (Salzmann et al (2006) Subretinal electrode implantation in the
P23H rat for chronic stimulations. British Journal of Ophthalmology vol.
90 (9) pp. 1183-1187), using optical imaging of intrinsic and
voltage-sensitive dye signal in the visual cortex of implanted rats. The
project is part of a consortium financed by the French ANR, whose
objective is to develop a new generation of performing large-scale
multi-electrode array (MEA) implant. The long-term goal of this project
is to use MEA and the expertise on their functional impact to give
blind-sighted a coherent visual input through those implants. The
consortium includes, amongst others, labs experts in retinal implant
(Institut de la Vision <http://www.fondave.org/Home-page.html?lang=en>,
S. Picaud) and labs experts in the development of MEA systems (CEA Leti
Our team has developed multiple optical imaging platforms on monkeys and
small animals and will be involved in testing the cortical impact of
implanted rats. The candidate will have the responsibility to develop a
benchmark model for comparing/calibrating the cortical impact of retinal
implants stimulation to the functional responses evoked visually.
The Team DyVA investigates the brain dynamics underlying visual motion
perception and eye movement control or the preparation of reaching
movements, in close collaboration with the opthalmologic center of
Marseille main's hospital (la Timone, studying retinal and corneal
pathologies). In the team, a variety of techniques are being used, from
physiological measures (optical imaging, electrophysiology in awake
monkey and rats), to psychophysics, behavioral oculomotor measures
(ocular following reflex, pursuit etc...) and models.
Candidates must have a strong motivation on experimental and/or
ophthalmic research, with interest in bio-medical applied research.
- research background in animal experimentation, vision research or
- programming skills (MATLAB preferred)
- a PhD (either completed or expected in 2009)
To apply, send CV, one paragraph research statement and names of 3
references to: chavane at incm.cnrs-mrs.fr.
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