[Comp-neuro] JOB: Neuroimaging Data Scientist. Multi-modal MRI study of voice perception.

Sylvain Takerkart Sylvain.Takerkart at univ-amu.fr
Thu Sep 15 15:18:15 CEST 2016

The 4-year project LIVES (Learning with Interacting Views), funded by the
French National Research Agency (ANR), aims at developing innovative
multi-view and multi-modal machine learning algorithms. As part of the
LIVES consortium, our team at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone
(INT, http://www.int.univ-amu.fr) is in charge of acquiring a large
MRI* dataset that will be used to benchmark these methods. This will
include *anatomical*, *diffusion-weighte*d and *functional* (both resting
state and task-based) MRI data. Our goal is to characterize the
inter-subject variability observed in the cortical activation patterns
measured with task-based functional MRI in the auditory cortex, in a task
that involves the processing of vocal information, using the other acquired

*Missions*. The data scientist will set-up processing pipelines dedicated
to analyze the different MR scan types (univariate and multi-voxel pattern
analysis methods for task-fMRI; advanced characterization of the cortical
anatomy using high-level representations such as sulci and sulcal pits;
estimation of structural and functional connectomes). He/she will organize
the raw and processed data in a standardized fashion in order to make it
accessible to the other members of the consortium in a first stage, and to
the scientific community at large in a second stage.

*Profile*. This position is for a candidate who is comfortable (or
proficient) with *computer programming* (*python* will be our language of
choice), has knowledge in *signal and image processing* and has a personal
interest for *machine learning*. It can be of interest to different types
of profiles. Either you are a young graduate (BSc or MSc) in data science,
electrical engineering or neuroscience and you want to be at the heart of a
project where medical imaging and machine learning meet, with the
possibility to continue as a PhD student. Or you already have a PhD in a
relevant domain and you want to take this opportunity to fulfill the
aforementioned missions while getting further involved in the research
aspects of the project, in machine learning or in neuroimaging.

*Working environment*. INT is one of the top French neuroscience research
institutes with 150 staff members in 10 inter-disciplinary teams examining
different aspects of the cerebral organization. It is located on the
medical campus of Aix-Marseille University. The successful candidate will
join INT’s Neuro-Computing Center, who operates a high-end computing
facility and pursues research at the intersection of machine learning and
neuroscience. He/she will interact with other teams working on functional
imaging of voice perception, computational anatomy, machine learning and
MRI data acquisition. Marseille, the second largest city in France, is a
vibrant inter-cultural hub located on the Mediterranean shore, and only 2h
away from the Alps mountains.

The position is initially open for one year, with a possible renewal for a
second year. Starting date is around December 2016.

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter before
Septembre 30, 2016, to Sylvain_DOT_Takerkart_AT_univ-amu_DOT_fr and

Sylvain Takerkart

Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone (INT)
Marseille, France
tél: +33 (0)4 91 324 007
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