FMRI Post-doctoral position on episodic memory and self (W/M)

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

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 episodic memory in healthy subjects and neurological patients (stroke, neurodegeneration).

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 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.

Your profile :
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.).

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
oDegree certificates (scanned copies of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree certificates or equivalent)
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 48319.

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