Postdoc Position in Lyon (Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience)

Country: France;

City: Bron

Vacancy added: 15.01.2019

Employer: Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL)

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 15.02.2019


Applications are invited for a highly motivated, enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (or related field) to join a well-supported, friendly research team, based in the internationally renowned Center for Research in Neuroscience in Lyon (University of Lyon, CRNS, INSERM). The postdoctoral position is part of a research project named REWIRING that is funded by IDEXLYON Fellowship. The postdoc will be embedded in the IDEXLYON team (PI: Dezso Nemeth) at CRNL, Lyon.

Using methods of M/EEG, fMRI and non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., TMS), the project aims to investigate how memory representations can be updated ('rewired') in the human brain. More specifically, we will investigate the entire process of how statistical and sequential regularities are extracted from the environment (memory formation), how the extracted knowledge is consolidated and how it can be rewired. For more details see the publications of Dezso Nemeth and Karolina Janacsek at, and particularly the following paper: Szegedi-Hallgató, E., Janacsek, K., Vékony, T., Tasi, L. A., Kerepes, L., Hompoth, E. A., ... & Németh, D. (2017). Explicit instructions and consolidation promote rewiring of automatic behaviors in the human mind.? Scientific Reports,?7(1), 4365.

The overall aim of Project REWIRING is to improve human learning and memory performance and boost rewiring of automatic behaviors.

Within this project, the post-holder will be responsible for designing and carrying out experiments, analyzing data, and writing up manuscripts. Additionally, the postdoc will be closely involved in daily supervision of PhD and MSc students who work on the project.

Profile (Person specification)

  • Candidates who only partially meet the following profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply!
  • PhD in cognitive neuroscience or an adjacent field (psychological, biological, biomedical, or computer sciences, also physics and mathematics);
  • A strong academic track record including publications in leading (inter)disciplinary journals;
  • A strong interest for fundamental research in cognitive neurosciences;
  • Advanced computational and/or programming skills (Matlab, Python, or other languages);
  • Experience in functional connectivity analysis (EEG, MEG or MRI);
  • Experience and interest in training and supervising junior scientists;
  • Capacity to participate in an interdisciplinary and international research environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate and communicate in academia;
  • A proactive and goal-directed attitude, good organizational skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and motivation to learn French.


The project is embedded in the unique and excellent infrastructure of the CRNL - Center for Research in Neuroscience in Lyon.

Researchers working on this theme jointly organize regular discussion meetings and lectures to promote integration of research conducted within systems, behavioral, and cognitive neurosciences.

Read more about what it means?to work at CRNL:

Employment conditions

Salary will be in accordance with the relevant national labor agreement and based on research experience and qualifications.

The earliest start date for this position is May 10 (later start possible upon agreement).

We request applicants to send the following documents:

1) A cover letter briefly describing how their skills and experience meet the profile as set out in the person specification (max 1 page)

2) A research statement explaining their research interests in relation to Project REWIRING or to the PI’s publications (max 2 pages)

3) A recent CV and publication list

4) Two writing samples of the applicant's most significant work (published or unpublished manuscripts).

5) Contact information of three professional references.

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dezso Nemeth, Principal Investigator, via

Submit your application to the following email address:

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