[visionlist] Masters positions in cognitive neuroscience

Schurger Lab schurgerlab at gmail.com
Sun Mar 26 10:22:54 -04 2017


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Masters positions in cognitive neuroscience
Neural antecedents of spontaneous self-initiated movement in humans, the
perception of personal causation, and the forecasting of behavior based on
brain activity.
Starting date: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018
Duration: 1 year (renewable for a second)

The French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) invites
applications for masters and PhD positions in the Cognitive Neuroimaging
Group, at the NeuroSpin Research Center near Paris, France, as part of the
research team of Dr. Aaron Schurger. The Schurger lab focuses on
understanding how decisions are made and actions initiated spontaneously,
without an external sensory cue, and and how time series of neural activity
(now) can be used to forecast behavior (seconds or minutes from now). We
are also interested in how the relevant causal processes in the brain are
related to the subjective perception of personal causation and societal
concepts of personal responsibility. We pursue this research using a
combination of behavioral experiments, neuroimaging, computational
modeling, and machine learning techniques.

Applicants must have a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline. Previous
research experience is a plus.

Strong computer programming skills (Matlab or Python) are essential.

Skills used in the lab include:
computer programming (MatLab, Python, C, C++),
statistics,
signal processing,
computational and neural network modeling,
neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG, fMRI) and data-analysis software tools,
behavioral psychophysics.

Resources available at NeuroSpin include Siemens 3T and 7T MRI scanners;
high-density EEG (EGI Inc.); Elekta NeuroMag 306-channel MEG (allowing for
the simultaneous recording of EEG); eye tracking (available for MRI, MEG,
and behavioral experiments); an in-house team of experts in signal
processing and statistical learning; a dedicated staff handling subject
recruitment, scheduling, and payment; various Nespresso devices; and
proximity to Paris.

Applicants should send a CV, letter of motivation (max 2 pages), and three
letters of recommendation via e-mail to schurgerlab at gmail.com. Review of
applicants will begin on the 01 May, 2017, and will continue until the
positions are filled.

The NeuroSpin Research Center is located on the campus of the CEA-Saclay,
near Orsay, about 18 km southwest of Paris. For more information on the
NeuroSpin Research Center and the Cognitive Neuroimaging Group:

http://www-centre-saclay.cea.fr/fr/Visite-guidee-de-NeuroSpin
http://meg-france.in2p3.fr/_lesCentres/Neurospin_en.php
http://www-dsv.cea.fr/en/institutes/institute-of-biomedical-imaging-i2bm/departments/neurospin-neurospin
http://www.unicog.org/pm/pmwiki.php
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