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Postdoctoral position on auditory attention in children

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  • Type d'offre : CDD 24 mois
  • Ville : Marseille (France)
  • Statut : Recrutement en cours
Date d'arrivée à l'ITMO : Jeudi 22 Avril 2021

Postdoctoral position on auditory attention in children

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Texte de l'offre

This 2-year position is available in Marseille at the Institute of System Neurosciences (INS) in the DCP Team under the direction of Aurélie Bidet-Caulet, Ph.D.


About our institute

The DCP team has a long-standing expertise in auditory attention and developmental neuroscience. The INS is a multidisciplinary research institute offering a vibrant working atmosphere in an international environment with multiple opportunities for seminars, workshops, and methodological clubs. The INS is affiliated to the Aix*Marseille University, a large multi and inter disciplinary public research university in the south of France in Marseille.


About Marseille

Marseille is a cosmopolitan harbor city which combines lively urban life and proximity to nature under a radiant sun. Surrounded by hills, Marseille's seafront, famous for its calanques, overlooks a blue sea dotted with white islands.


About the position

In this project we will investigate the typical developmental trajectory of attention control. More specifically, we will dissociate the developmental trajectories of involuntary and voluntary auditory attention and characterize the influence of arousal on these attention processes, from early childhood to adulthood (4- to 25-year-old).

Newly developed innovative and well-established paradigms, adapted to the needs of children will be used, such as the Competitive Attention test and the oddball paradigms (e.g., Hoyer et al 2021; Wetzel et al 2006 2007 2009 2016). A combination of complementary psychophysiological measures (behavior, pupil dilation, skin conductance, heart rate, micro-saccades and EEG) will be recorded to link the maturation of brain markers of voluntary and involuntary attention with the activation of the Locus Coeruleus Norepinephrine (LC-NE) system, providing a comprehensive view of the brain mechanisms related to the development of attention control.
This project will be performed in tight collaboration with Pr. Nicole Wetzel group at the Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology (Germany), which has strong expertise in neurocognitive development and pupillometry.


Duties of the position

The post-doctoral fellow will be involved in different aspects of this project, including the protocol design, data collection, data analysis and writing publications.


Required selection criteria

 Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related field

 Motivation to work with children

 Experience in pupillometry is a plus

 Experience in programming (Matlab or Python)

 Knowledge on attention, audition or cognitive development is a plus

 Ability to coordinate the projects

 Fluent enough in French to interact with kids

 Very good oral and written competences in English


About the application

To apply, please send:

 a CV,

 a letter of motivation,

 recommendation letters from 2 referees.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception.

Contact information: Aurélie Bidet-Caulet, aurelie.bidet-caulet@inserm.fr Informal inquiries are welcome.

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Type d'emploi

Post-Doctorat - Post-Doctoral position

Type de contrat


Rémunération brut mensuelles

24 to 35 k¤ according to research experience

Date début de fonction

September to December 2021