Funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience, University of Lyon (France)

The Brain, Behavior, and Learning Lab (http://www.bbl-lab.com) at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon, France, is seeking applicants for a 3-year fully funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience.

The successful applicant will work with Jérôme Prado (CNRS) and Marie-Line Gardes (University of Lyon) on a project investigating the neural correlates of fraction processing in typically developing children and children with math learning disability, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral measurements. The project will also assess the neural and behavioral effects of an intervention based on a newly developed video game to improve fraction knowledge in children (http://mathmathews.com/fractions-fr/). The position is a great way to develop research skills in developmental cognitive neuroscience and mathematical cognition. The Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon provides a stimulating research environment with many opportunities for interaction with other labs investigating the development of cognitive and social skills (http://l2c2.isc.cnrs.fr/drupal7/en/). The lab has extensive experience with recruiting and testing children from the Lyon area and has access to a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner.

To qualify for the position, candidates must have (or soon obtain) a master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience, Educational sciences or in a related area. Candidates should also have a strong interest in mathematical cognition and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Experience with testing children and statistical skills are desirable. Expertise in fMRI is not required but is considered a plus. Finally, because the position involves testing and interacting with French-speaking children, candidates should have at least an intermediate knowledge of French. The salary will be in accordance with the University guidelines for PhD students. The starting date will be around October 1st 2018.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a cover letter to both Dr. Jérôme Prado (jprado@isc.cnrs.fr) and Dr. Marie-Line Gardes (marie-line.gardes@univ-lyon1.fr). More information about the position (in French) can be found there: http://www.bbl-lab.com/Media/DYSCOG.pdf. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue through March 31 or until the position is filled.

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