Job ID: 116498

2 postdoc positions in cognitive neuroscience

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 October 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 January 2024

Contract Length: 2 years (+ 1 year, optional)

City: Paris

Country: France

Institution: CEA Paris-Saclay and GHU Sainte Anne Hospital

Department: NeuroSpin and Institute for Neuromodulation



* Project description
Humans have the ability to estimate probabilities that characterize their environment. They also have the ability to assess the confidence, or uncertainty, associated with these estimates, which underlies adaptive learning (i.e. the ability to adjust how much is learned from each observation). Intelligent behavior in changing environments, in turn, critically depends on adaptive learning. This ERC project aims at characterizing computationally, psychologically and neurally the estimation of this confidence and its role in adaptive learning. The postdoc will contribute to one or more sub-projects. All of them rely on already collected data (behavior, MEG, fMRI at 3T and 7T), and some sub-projects will involve data collection (behavioral data, pupillometry data, possibly MRI, MEG or EEG).

* Profile of the candidate
PhD in neuroscience, psychology or machine learning with good programming skills (ideally Python). Previous experience with fMRI, MEG, pupillometry, or computational modeling. Depending on the project, you will be responsible for conducting experiments (behavior, pupillometry, fMRI, MEG or EEG), analyzing data, and disseminating the results at conferences and in journal articles.
The language of the lab is English. French is not required.

* Work place and environment
Dr Florent MEYNIEL leads the Computational Brain team, which is located in two places.
1) Institute for NeuroModulation (INM), Sainte Anne Hospital, Paris, France. The INM combines clinical activity and innovative clinical research in psychiatry with basic research in computational neuroscience.
2) NeuroSpin, Paris-Saclay campus, France. NeuroSpin is a world-class brain imaging center, equipped with a MEG system, and several human MRI scanners (3T, 7T, and 11.7T). The community at NeuroSpin is very stimulating, combining MRI physicists, machine learning experts and cognitive neuroscientists.

* Duration and dates
Two years, plus a possible 1-year extension. Full time.
Preferred starting date: January 2024, 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.
Application will be assessed on a rolling basis (positions open until they are filled)