One fMRI post-doc position is available at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience (LNCO) directed by Prof. Olaf Blanke on the investigation of the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor and visuo-spatial mechanisms in healthy participants and patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
The project will be carried out on a recently developed neuroengineering platform including immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and robotically-controlled stimulations during fMRI acquisition in sensorimotor and visuo-spatial paradigms. fMRI analysis is done in close collaboration with the Lab of Prof. Dimitri Van de Ville.
The project aims at investigating how the integration of online body-related signals not only impacts self-consciousness, but how these signals impact perception and hallucinations in healthy and patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Our previous research shows that specific hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s Disease arise from an impaired sensorimotor integration, resulting from fronto-temporal disconnection (Bernasconi et al., BioRxiv 2020).
The current project aims at identifying whether sensorimotor integration may be associated with visuo-spatial processing (deficits) and whether an aberrant integration underlines hallucination in Parkinson’s disease.
The ideal candidate should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in computer science, engineering, or physics, hold a PhD in neuroscience and be strongly motivated with a keen interest in cognitive-systems neuroscience and neuroimaging/signal analysis.
A strong neuroimaging background (fMRI), master cutting-edge fMRI analysis and have strong programming skills (Matlab, python, etc.).
Experience in sensorimotor and/or visual processing is a plus.