Ph. D. Project
Neural basis of visual attention and its modulation of visual perception
2023/11/01 - 2026/10/30
We are recruiting a PhD student to join the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience group in Nancy (France) at the CNRS and Université de Lorraine. The successful candidate will be supervised by Tal Seidel Malkinson and Laurent Koessler, in close collaboration with Bruno Rossion and other researchers and clinicians in our group. The selected candidate will focus on research on the neural mechanisms of visual attention and its interaction
with face recognition/categorization, as studied with frequency-tagged electrophysiological activity (scalp and intracerebral EEG in both healthy subjects and epileptic patients), event-related potentials and computational tools. The mapping of the identified neural networks onto the cortical gradient architecture will also be investigated. An additional topic would be the biophysical correspondence between attentional and perceptual EEG markers recorded with simultaneous scalp and intracerebral EEG signals, with the goal of bridging the two scales of measurement. Neuropsychological and eye tracking measurements during EEG recordings may also be part of the PhD program. Examples of relevant publications are listed below.

Relevant references:

Seidel Malkinson, T., Kaufmann, B.C. , Liu, J. , Bayle, D. J., Bourgeois, A., Lehongre, K., Fernandez, S., Navarro, V., Adam, C., Margulies, D., Sitt, J. D., & Bartolomeo, P. (2022). From perception to action: Intracortical recordings reveal cortical gradients of human exogenous attention. bioRxiv. 3.

Liu, J., Bayle, D.J., Spagna, A., Sitt, J.D., Bourgeois, A., Lehongre, K., Fernandez-Vidal, S., Navarro, V., Adam, C., Lambrecq, V., Seidel Malkinson, T.*, Bartolomeo, P.* (in press). Fronto-parietal networks shape human conscious report through attention gain and reorienting. Communications Biology.

Jacques, C., Jonas, J., Maillard, L., Colnat‐Coulbois, S., Koessler, L., & Rossion, B. (2019). The inferior occipital gyrus is a major cortical source of the face‐evoked N170: Evidence from simultaneous scalp and intracerebral human recordings. Human brain mapping, 40(5), 1403-1418.

Jacques, C., Jonas, J., Maillard, L., Colnat‐Coulbois, S., Rossion, B., & Koessler, L. (2020). Fast periodic visual stimulation to highlight the relationship between human intracerebral recordings and scalp electroencephalography. Human brain mapping, 41(9), 2373-2388.

Rossion, B., Jacques, C., Jonas, J. (2018). Mapping face categorization in the human ventral occipito-temporal cortex with direct neural intracranial recordings. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1426, 5-24.
Attention, visual perception, Cortical gradients, Human intracerebral & scalp EEG, neuropsychology
The successful PhD candidate will become a full member of the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience group in BioSiS department of the CRAN (UMR7039), a unit tightly linked to clinical research at the university hospital in Nancy (CHRU), including researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, signal processing, neuropsychologists and neurologists. She/he will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities at Université de Lorraine and CHRU-Nancy Hospital.

The candidate should have a Master's degree in neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, engineering, psychology or equivalent. Ideally, he/she will also have a good command of French and a solid background in cognitive neuroscience. Knowledge of electrophysiology/neuropsychology, programming skills (e.g. Matlab or Python), statistics and a good command of English are a plus. High motivation, curiosity, creativity, perseverance and the ability to work in a team are key personal skills.

The position will be fully funded (salary: 2 300¬ brut / month; no tuition fees) by the University of Lorraine and will last 36 months at standard French salaries. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to, including a CV, a letter of motivation and the names of 2 referees. Deadline: August 31st 2023 (candidates may be selected earlier, don't wait to apply if you are interested).
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