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Post-doctoral position in Gif sur yvette/France

13 September 2019

Post-doctoral position in Gif sur yvette/France

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Gif sur yvette/France


Confidence, noradrenaline and adaptive learning
Supervisor and contact
Dr Florent MEYNIEL
Project description
In a changing world, learning must be adaptive, flexibly adjusting the balance between new data and prior
estimates. How does the brain strike this balance? In this project, we explore the possibility that the shaping
of brain-scale dynamic interactions by noradrenaline may implement a confidence-weighting of information
that is key to adaptive learning. We use an integrated application of computational modeling (Bayesian
learning models), behavioral data, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) targeting the locus
coeruleus (a noradrenergic center) or magnetoencephalography (MEG), and pupillometry.
PhD in neuroscience, psychology or machine learning with good programming skills. You will be
responsible for conducting experiments (behavior, fMRI or MEG), analyzing data, and disseminating the
results at conferences and in journal articles.
Work place and environment
The lab is at NeuroSpin, Paris-Saclay campus, France, part of the CEA (Commissariat à l’Enérgie
Atomique). Dr Florent MEYNIEL is the head of the computational brain team (more info here) which itself
is part the Laboratory of cognitive neuroimaging (more info here) directed by Prof. Stanislas DEHAENE.
NeuroSpin is a top-notch brain imaging center, equipped will an MEG system (Elekta, Neuromag), and
several MRI scanners for human (3T Prisma, 7T, and 11.7T), all research-only. The community at NeuroSpin
is very stimulating, combining MRI physicists, machine learning experts (lab of Bertrand Thirion) and
cognitive neuroscientists.
Duration and dates
Two years, fully funded. Preferred starting date: January 2020, but sooner or later is also possible.
Application process
Please send your CV via email to Florent Meyniel, a research statement (what you like and want to do) and
the contact details for two reference letters.
Deadline for application: September 30th, 2019

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Closing date:
Contract length:
2 years
College of France

Contact Information

Stanislas Dehaene
Bât. 145 - Point Courrier 156

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