Openings

PhD Opportunities

Your application package to be received  by May 30th 2019 should include: detailed CV, letter of motivation (incl. future professional wishes), prior published work/master thesis, recommendation letters/contact (unlimited #), copies of your diplomas (incl. grades and ranking)

Contact info: Virginie van Wassenhove 

The perception of time governs our lives, from the most trivial behaviors such as avoidance to the complex coordination of our thoughts and actions that determine our socioeconomic and strategic choices. The way we think of time is fundamental to establishing temporal landmarks when making decisions in everyday life (Dai, Milkman and Riis 2015) or reconstructing past events in a logical narrative. Our conception of time can also have serious consequences for our understanding of the world: for example, an ambiguity shared by domains is discrete or continuous time (particle / wave, numerical / analog in computations, discrete / continuous consciousness in psychology). Our difficulty in reconciling these two conceptions of time does not question the reality of time itself, but rather reveals fundamental biases in the way humans conceptualize time. In order to understand the fundamental impact of our conception of time on psychology, we must understand how the brain represents it.

PhD #1 Time Semantics (competitive with DGA by May 30 th)We will use the state-of-the-art of experimental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience in a fundamentally multidisciplinary project that will establish new lines of inquiry into whether (1) time is actually spatialized in the human mind, (2) to what extent linguistic factors play a role in our understanding of this concept, and (3) how the semantics of time is implemented within the brain.

Requirements:

  • Interest in temporal cognition and linguistics;
  • Prior experience with psychophysics, human psychology, neurosciences, linguistics;
  • Prior experience with functional neuroimaging (magneto and/or electroencephalography a plus); 
  • Basic programming skills a plus (Matlab/ Python); 
  • Basic signal processing skills a plus (Matlab/ Python);
  • Mastery of English language in spoken and written form; 
  • Dynamic, reliable, can take initiatives, and enthusiasm.

PhD #2 Mental Models of Time (competitive with DGA by May 30 th): In this project, we will use state-of-the-art experimental psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience to establish new lines of research to determine whether time and space are mapped separately in the human brain, whether mental imagery allows the processing of temporal and spatial information, and how neuronal oscillations contribute to the mental mapping of time.

Requirements:

  • Interest in temporal cognition ;
  • Prior experience with psychophysics, human psychology, neurosciences;
  • Prior experience with functional neuroimaging (magneto and/or electroencephalography a plus); 
  • Basic programming skills a plus (Matlab/ Python); 
  • Basic signal processing skills a plus (Matlab/ Python);
  • Mastery of English language in spoken and written form; 
  • Dynamic, reliable, can take initiatives, and enthusiasm.

PhD #3 WildTimes PhD (CEA/SNCF): Time, space, and duration are intertwined in our everyday life yet they are rarely studied together in ecological settings. This PhD project will focus on (temporal and spatial) cognition in humans when they are moving using mobile neuroimaging (electroencephalography, EEG). This project will contribute to the understanding of the representation of time in the human brain by empirically contrasting current theories on how the human brain maps time during complex trajectories, and will contribute to practical applications in collaboration with SNCF and IFSTTAR.

Requirements:

    • Interest in temporal cognition and/or spatial navigation;
    • Interest in doing rigorous science in ecological settings; 
    • Prior experience with psychophysics, human psychology, neurosciences,  and/or electroencephalography; 
    • Basic programming skills a plus (Matlab/ Python); 
    • Mastery of French and English language in spoken and written form; 
    • Dynamic, reliable, can take initiatives, enthusiasm,  willingness to learn and engage in an interdisciplinary consortium.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

[1] Multifracs PostDoc [PDF]: Multivariate Multifractal Analysis of Human Brain Dynamics in Magnetoencephalography (MEG). The goal of the project is to perform multivariate scale-free analysis of MEG data.

[2] We are continuously accepting applicants to join the team. Please inquire if interested!


Master Opportunities

[1] WildTimes [PDF]ASAP several opportunities for master students are available starting now!

[2] We are continuously accepting new master students to get involved in ongoing projects or start new ideas!


Fulfilled Opportunities

[candidate selection in progress] PhD candidate for the Numerics PhD program: Exploring the functional role of neural oscillations in temporal processing


WildTimes_PostDoc_[PDF details]:  expected start in Feb. 2019 to study time perception in transport.


[filled] Internship (master): Assessing the relationship between implicit and explicit timing in the human brain (with Sophie Herbst)


[filled]  Tenure-track* researcher position [pdf]

Applications are invited for a tenure-track researcher position in the Cognition and Brain Dynamics research team of Virginie van Wassenhove. The lab is hosted at NeuroSpin (Dir. Prof Stanislas Dehaene) on the plateau de Saclay near Paris, France. Salary will be commensurate with experience and the position comes with benefits package. Application closing date is set to end of April 2018. Pre-selected candidates will be interviewed in May. Earliest start date is planned for September 2018.


[filled] Internship (master): Tracking decision processes in temporal metacognition (with Tadeusz Kononowicz)