Your mission :
The project aims at investigating how hallucinations in the elderly and in patients with Parkinson’s disease are associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, using advanced neurotechnology and brain imaging data analysis in large patient populations.
Related previous research from our labs showed that so-called minor hallucinations and cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease results from brain processes of impaired sensorimotor integration in fronto-temporal cortex and altered connectivity (Bernasconi et al., BioRxiv 2020).
Computational approaches to probe large-scale network dynamics have linked cingulo-prefrontal regions to clinical risk for psychosis(Zöller et al.
Biological Psychiatry : CNNI, 2019).
Main duties and responsibilities include :
The current project aims at investigating striatal-cortical functional and structural mechanisms in elderly and identify early markers for psychiatric and cognitive vulnerability and decline.
Your profile :
The ideal candidate should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in engineering, computer science, or physics, hold a PhD in neuroimaging correlated field and be strongly motivated with a keen interest in cognitive-systems neuroscience.
Skills in assembling advanced processing pipelines and / or methods development are valued.
Experience in PD, MCI, neurodegeneration, or memory is a plus. We offer :
The successful applicant will join the EPFL Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience which is led by Prof. Olaf Blanke and focuses on the neuroscientific study of consciousness, the adaptation and development of technologies for human neuroscience, and the development of cognitive neuroprostheses in clinical research.
The laboratory is based in Campus Biotech, Geneva.