[visionlist] Position as Principal Investigator on visual plasticity in sighted and blind individuals

Timo van Kerkoerle timovankerkoerle at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 10:52:11 -04 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Applications are invited for a position as Principal Investigator to lead a
novel research axis at NeuroSpin in Saclay, near Paris, France, directed by
Stanislas Dehaene. The call is for a contract for a minimum of 4 years and
up to 8 years, potentially leading to a permanent position at INSERM or
CNRS. Salary is commensurate with experience.

*Scientific goals*
The objective is to start a joint team between NeuroSpin and the Vision
Institute led by Jose Sahel in Paris. The Vision Institute specializes in
visual restoration using retinal implants, cortical implants or optogenetic
techniques in diseases such as retinal dystrophy, AMD, or congenital
blindness. Taking advantage of those unique technological advances, the
proposed research will study, in the human brain, the reorganization of
visual pathways that accompanies the restoration of vision. The candidate
would use visuomotor, object and word recognition tasks, with the ultimate
goal to monitor and predict the successful recovery of functional reading
abilities. These investigations could be performed using behavioral
methods, MR tractography, fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), EEG
(electroencephalography) and MEG (magnetoencephalography). The observations
in blind individual could be compared with the neural plasticity observed
in adults with normal vision, and in children during reading acquisition,
both in normal readers and in dyslexics. There is considerable freedom to
establish an independent research program within those general guidelines.

The successful candidate should have an advanced post-doctoral level, a
competitive record of publications, and a demonstrated expertise in human
visual cognitive neuroscience – ideally but not necessarily on the brain
mechanisms of reading. H/She should show an ability to develop research
with single-case studies of patients with visual and/or cognitive deficits.
H/She would be expected to work 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.

  Eligible qualifications for this position include:
•       Ph.D. in Cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline
•       Excellent knowledge of brain imaging with MRI and MEG
•       Good computer programming skills (languages: python, Matlab)
•       Knowledge of the French language is not required, but would be a

*How to apply *
Submit a letter detailing your current research interests and scientific
projects, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation (or the
appropriate contact information) to giovanna.santoro at cea.fr with “Vision
candidate” in the headline. Please apply before March 31st, 2020, for a
start date in the summer or early Fall 2020.

*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. NeuroSpin teams develop advanced tools for structural
image processing (BrainVisa), machine learning (SciKit Learn), fMRI data
analysis (Nipy, Nilearn), diffusion imaging (Connectomist), and M/EEG
analysis (MNE Python). A 150-terabyte data archiving system, a large local
computer cluster and access to the new CEA supercomputer are available.

Thank you,


Timo van Kerkoerle, PhD
Principal investigator
Head of the Deep Imaging Platform
Neurospin, CEA Saclay
Bâtiment 145 Point Courrier 156
Gif/Yvette Cedex
91191 France
Phone#: +33 (0)1 69 08 35 95
email address: timo.vankerkoerle at cea.fr

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