[visionlist] PhD fellowship Face Categorization Lab (France)

Bruno Rossion bruno.rossion at uclouvain.be
Wed Jun 1 06:49:05 -04 2022

PhD fellowship. Face Categorization Lab

Face and Visual Word Recognition, Visual Semantics. Human intracerebral and EEG recordings, Electrical stimulation, Neuropsychology.

Starting date: September/October 2022

We are recruiting a PhD candidate to join the the Face Categorization Lab in Nancy (France) at CNRS and Université de Lorraine. The successful candidate will be supervised by Bruno Rossion in collaboration with Aliette Lochy and Christine Schiltz (Profs. at University of Luxemburg).


The selected candidate will focus on research on the neural mechanisms of visual recognition/categorization of faces and letters/words and their interactions, as investigated with frequency-tagged electrophysiological activity (EEG and intracranial EEG). Neuropsychological and electrophysiological measurements during intracerebral electrical stimulation of the human ventral occipito-temporal cortex can also be part of the PhD program (see examples of relevant publications below).
The successful PhD candidate will become a full member of the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience group of the CRAN (UMR7039), a small unit tightly linked to clinical research at the university hospital in Nancy (CHRU), including researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, signal processing, neuropsychologists and neurologists. He/she will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities at Université de Lorraine and CHRU-Nancy.

The candidate should have a Master’s degree in neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, engineering, psychology or equivalent. Ideally, he/she should also have a good level in French and a solid background in cognitive neuroscience. Knowledge of electrophysiology/neuropsychology, programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab or Python) and a good level of English are a plus. High motivation, curiosity, creativity, perseverance and the ability to work in a team are also key personal skills.

The position will be fully funded (salary; no university fees) by the University of Lorraine and is for 36 months with standard French salaries. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to bruno.rossion at univ-lorraine<mailto:bruno.rossion at univ-lorraine> including a CV, a letter of motivation and 2 names of references. Deadline: August 15th 2022 (candidates may be selected earlier, don’t wait to apply if you are interested).

Relevant references

Rossion, B., Jacques, C., Jonas, J. (2018). Mapping face categorization in the human ventral occipito-temporal cortex with direct neural intracranial recordings. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1426, 5-24.

Lochy, A., Jacques, C., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Rossion, B., Jonas, J. (2018). Selective visual representation of letters and words in the left ventral occipito-temporal cortex with intracerebral recordings. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(32):E7595-E7604

Jonas, J., & Rossion, B. (2021). Intracerebral electrical stimulation to understand the neural basis of human face identity recognition. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54, 4197-4211.

Volfart, A., Yan, X., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Hossu, G., Rossion, B., Jonas, J. (2022). Intracerebral electrical stimulation of the right anterior fusiform gyrus impairs human face identity recognition. Neuroimage, 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.118932

Rossion, B. & Lochy, A. (2022). Is human face recognition lateralized to the right hemisphere due to neural competition with left lateralized visual word recognition? A critical review. Brain Structure and Function, 227, 599-629.

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