Tuesday, July 19, 2011

University of Lille, Lille, France - 1 research postdoc (brain imaging, neuropsychology, music)

One full-time postdoctoral research scientist position is available in France: Brain imaging, neuropsychology and music in patients with memory disorders (Séverine Samson, France, severine.samson@univ-lille3.fr)
12 month position, neuropsychology (epilepsy patients) and neuroimaging (fMRI) at the University of Lille in collaboration with La Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.

The selected candidate will be part of an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project assessing the benefits of music on memory funded by the French National Agency of Research. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience or related fields with skills in experimental design and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG). Applicants with interests in music, speech, memory or emotion are encouraged to apply. Prior experience working with human participants is highly desirable but not required.

Project Description: Objective of the post doctoral research The fellow will investigate the benefits of music on memory and learning abilities and the possible transfer of skills to nonmusical domains in various clinical populations (epilepsy and Alzheimer patients). Neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies of auditory memory and emotion will be conducted using music in healthy and brain-damaged participants. This work might also require extensive analysis of data from memory experiments. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will involve frequent interactions with clinical collaborators (Epilepsy Unit) and other neuroimaging scientists (Centre for NeuroImaging Research (CENIR) - ICM) at La Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.

Methods planned for the post doctoral research Behavioural and fMRI methods in patients with memory disorders (e.g., temporal lobe epilepsy) as compared to healthy participants.

Required Ph.D in Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience or related fields. Knowledge of research design, statistical skills, programming skills (e.g., MATLAB). Prior experience of fMRI and/or EEG techniques. Interest in music and/or memory. French speaking is highly desirable but not required.

Salary Around 2000 euros net per month (duration of the contract: 1 year renewable on a yearly basis based on satisfactory performance and continued funding)

Contact To apply for this position please send a cover letter including a research statement and your scientific interests, CV, reprints of recent publications, and names of two referees to Professor Séverine Samson : severine.samson@univ-lille3.fr