FMRI post-doc position on sensorimotor and visuo-spatial mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease

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fMRI post-doc position on sensorimotor and visuo-spatial mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease

Your mission :
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).

Main duties and responsibilities include :
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.

Your profile :
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.

We offer :

The successful applicant will join the EPFL Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience which is led by Prof. Olaf Blanke and focuses on the neuroscientific study of consciousness, the adaptation and development of technologies for human neuroscience, and the development of cognitive neuroprostheses in clinical research.
The laboratory is based in Campus Biotech, Geneva.

Start date :
Oct 1, 2020

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
One year renewable as per mission.

Interested candidates should send their application to Dr. Fosco Bernasconi (fosco.bernasconi

Application material:
oPublication list
o3-minute video stating motivations and qualifications
oPhD Degree certificate (scanned copies)
oContact details for two academic referees who have been contacted by the applicant and agreed to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and scheduled for an interview. Letters of recommendation will be requested from shortlisted candidates only. The call will remain open until an ideal candidate will be found.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 48318.

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