Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in MARSEILLE/France

13 May 2019

Ph.D. Student in MARSEILLE/France

Job ID
23289
Place
MARSEILLE/France

Description

Functional exploration of the visual system by advanced optical imaging

One of the main technical challenges of modern neuroscience is to study the brain at multiple spatial and temporal scales. In particular, it is surprising to note that there is no tool available to study brain functions at high spatial and temporal resolution in a field of view of several cortical areas. Optical imaging provides the closest solution (Chemla 2017, NeuroPhot), but remains limited by brain curvature and physiological pulsations. To image the brain in these unexplored spatial field-of-view and spatio-temporal resolutions, we are launching an unprecedented collaboration between Neuroscience and Astronomy. On the Astronomy side, we will benefit from optical innovations, including the use of curved detectors and adaptive optics, to produce a new state-of-the-art tool. On the Neuroscience side, we will use the developed tool to better understand how visual information is processed dynamically by a distributed cortical network. The objective of the Ph.D. will be to actively participate in this inter-disciplinary adventure to develop and use the optical imaging system for a better understanding of information processing in the visual system. Indeed, to understand the role of cortical propagation waves (Muller 2014 NatComm, Muller 2018 NatRevNeuro) in processing visual information (Chemla 2019 JNeuro), we need to have access to a large cortical territory at high spatial and temporal resolution.

The neuroscientific objectives of the thesis cannot be fulfilled without the benefits offered by the new optical technology to be developed. This thesis is thus clearly interdisciplinary. We are therefore looking for a candidate that will be able to master sufficiently the technological developments in advanced optics to exploit them appropriately to address key neuroscientific questions.

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Job Information

Closing date:
2019-06-21
Employment start date:
2019-09-01
Contract length:
3 years
Institution:
Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT)
Department:
CNRS UMR 7289 - Aix Marseille Université

Contact Information

Frédéric Chavane
Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone
CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
Campus Santé Timone
13385 Marseille cedex 5

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