[Comp-neuro] Neuroimaging data scientist position in Marseille, France

Sylvain Takerkart Sylvain.Takerkart at univ-amu.fr
Tue Oct 15 13:40:23 CEST 2019

Neuroimaging Data Scientist

Multimodal neuroimaging study of cerebellar anomalies in Parkinson’s disease

The project SENCE (Movement disorders in Parkinson’s disease: The role of
somatosensory deficits and cerebellar anomalies) is funded by the French
National Research Agency (ANR) and conducted in collaboration with the
University of Oxford (Medical Research Council - MRC). It investigates the
anatomical anomalies and abnormal metabolism of the cerebellum resulting
from basal ganglia deregulation in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), which may
contribute substantially to motor deficits. To this aim, we collect in PD
patients (and healthy controls) an original multimodal neuroimaging
dataset, comprising anatomical, diffusion-weighted (DWI), and resting state
fMRI (rs-fMRI), as well as FDG-PET images, complemented by behavioural and
electrophysiological recordings (EEG/intracranial LFP) collected in the
same participants during motor tasks performed ON/OFF dopaminergic
medication and/or ON/OFF deep brain stimulation (using open- or closed-loop
adaptive stimulation protocols).

-- Missions -- The data scientist will be responsible to set-up processing
pipelines dedicated to analyzing the different neuroimaging scan types (MRI
and PET), both at the full-brain level and with a particular focus on the
characterization of the anatomy, connectivity and metabolism of the
cerebellum. These neuroimaging results will also be combined with
behavioural and electrophysiological data which will be analysed by other
members of the project team. Furthermore, the data scientist will organize
the raw and processed data in a standardized fashion to make it accessible
to all the consortium and to the scientific community at large. These
missions fall into our commitment to reproducible science through open code
and data.

-- Profile -- This position is for a candidate who is comfortable (or
proficient) with computer programming (python will be our language of
choice; matlab will also be used) and has good knowledge and/or experience
in signal and image processing. It can be of interest to different types of
profiles. You are a young graduate (BSc or MSc) either in data science, in
electrical engineering or in neuroscience and you want to be at the heart
of an innovative medical imaging project, with the possibility to continue
as a PhD student. Or you already have a PhD in a relevant field and you
want to take this opportunity to fulfill the aforementioned missions while
getting further involved in the research aspects of the project, which
should offer excellent opportunities for publications in neuroscience or
methodological journals.

-- Working environment -- The Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT)
is one of the top French neuroscience research institutes with 150 staff
members gathered 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 the SENCE
project’s team within INT and will interact with cognitive neuroscientists,
theoretical neuroscientists as well as specialists in neuroimaging data
acquisition and processing.  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
two more years. Starting date can be as early as December 2019 and can be
postponed until the position is fulfilled. If you are interested, please
send your resume and cover letter 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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