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 episodic memory in healthy subjects and neurological patients (stroke, neurodegeneration).
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 episodic autobiographical memory (EAM) paradigms. fMRI analysis is done in close collaboration with the Lab of Prof. Dimitri Van de Ville.
The project will investigate how the bodily self and particularly bodily cues and embodied perspectives impacts the encoding and retrieval of EAM. Specifically, immersive VR combined with motion tracking will allow to manipulate dynamically body view, body motion and embodied perspective while robotically-driven haptics will allow to implement sensorimotor and multisensory conflicts. The imaging analysis will focus on the coupling between multimodal brain regions processing bodily self-consciousness (temporoparietal junction, intraparietal, premotor and insular cortices) with medial temporal regions and cortical midlines regions involved in encoding, transformation and retrieval of EAMs, using state of the art fMRI analysis methods developed in collaboration with the Lab of Prof Van de Ville.
The position is part of a larger project including other lab members.
The ideal candidate should 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.).