A full-time postdoctoral position will be available at The Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology in Marseille (Provence, southern France) from April 2014 (20 months). The postdoctoral fellow will conduct acquisitions and analyses of cerebral MRI images (anatomical, diffusion & resting state images) in olive baboons. Within the project LangPrimate "Gestures, cognition and hemispheric specialization in primates: Implications for the origins of language", the main purpose of this research is to investigate the neuroanatomical correlates of behavioral asymmetries for praxis and communicative behaviors in baboons within a comparative framework between human and nonhuman primates.


Hiring Organization:
Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, CNRS / Aix-Marseille University, Brain & Language Research Institute, Marseille, France

The main research tasks are:
(1) Supervising brain MRI acquisitions in baboons (anatomical, diffusion & resting state images);
(2) Developing and running species-specific image processing pipelines (registration, segmentation, creation of a template, etc.) based on existing human-specific pipelines.
(3) Running morphometry analyses using softwares such as BrainVisa or FSL for measuring structural brain variations at different levels (voxel, ROI, sulcus)
(4) Supervising the work of master students in neurosciences.
(5) Communicating about the findings (publications, communications)
(6) Participating potentially to other lines of research within the LangPrimate's research team.

Duration of the contract:
20 months. From April 2014

Gross salary:
2 365 euros/month (net salary about 1 925 euros/month ~ $2 500/month)

Ph.D. in neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, biological anthropology, Biomedical imaging or equivalent.

Expected qualities & experience:
(1) Interest in animal behaviors and sensitive to animal welfare
(2) Strong experience in brain MR image analysis and in brain analysis software (e.g., Brain Visa, FSL...)
(3) Very autonomous, responsible, rigorous and creative (inclined to propose and develop novel analyses on brain images),
(4) Strong and efficient written communication skills (in English),
(5) Able to work closely and easy-going with a very heterogeneous team (primate care staff, students, vets, technicians, researchers in animal behaviors, neurosciences, etc.).
(6) Speaking French or having at least a little knowledge in French language would be also very useful.


Deadline for submission of application: February 10th 2014.

Please send to Adrien Meguerditchian, Ph.D. (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) :
- A curriculum vitae including a detailed list of publications & communications,
- A motivation letter,
- References and potential letter(s) of recommendation

Adrien Meguerditchian
RD 56
13790 Rousset

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