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PhD fellowship-Neural basis of human face recognition

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  • Type d'offre : CDD
  • Ville : Nancy
  • Statut : Available
Date d'arrivée à l'ITMO : Mercredi 20 Mars 2024

PhD fellowship-Neural basis of human face recognition


Human Face Recognition, intracerebral EEG recordings, Direct Electrical stimulation






Working place: Face Categorization Lab / CNRS


We are recruiting a PhD candidate to join the Face Categorization Lab in Nancy (France) at CNRS and Université de Lorraine. The successful candidate will be supervised by Bruno Rossion, in collaboration with Jacques Jonas.


The selected candidate will focus on research on the neural mechanisms of human recognition of faces, as investigated with frequency-tagged electrophysiological activity (EEG and intracranial EEG). Neuropsychological and electrophysiological measurements during intracerebral electrical stimulation of the human ventral occipito-temporal cortex can also be part of the PhD program (see examples of relevant publications below).
The successful PhD candidate will become a full member of the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience group of the CNRS laboratory IMoPA UMR7365, Université de Lorraine (Nancy, East of France). The research group is a small unit tightly linked to clinical research at the university hospital of Nancy (CHRU), including researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, neuropsychologists and neurologists. He/she will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities at Université de Lorraine, CNRS and CHRU-Nancy.

The position will be fully funded (salary; no university fees) by the University of Lorraine and is for 36 months with standard French salaries. 



The candidate should have a Master's degree in neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, engineering, psychology or equivalent. Ideally, he/she should also have a good level in French and a solid background in cognitive neuroscience. Knowledge of electrophysiology/neuropsychology, programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab or Python) and a good level of English are a plus. High motivation, curiosity, creativity, perseverance and the ability to work in a team are also key personal skills.

Relevant references

Rossion, B., Jacques, C., Jonas, J. (2018). Mapping face categorization in the human ventral occipito-temporal cortex with direct neural intracranial recordings. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1426, 5-24.

Lochy, A., Jacques, C., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Rossion, B., Jonas, J. (2018). Selective visual representation of letters and words in the left ventral occipito-temporal cortex with intracerebral recordings. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(32):E7595-E7604

Jonas, J., & Rossion, B. (2021). Intracerebral electrical stimulation to understand the neural basis of human face identity recognition. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54, 4197-4211.

Volfart, A., Yan, X., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Hossu, G., Rossion, B., Jonas, J. (2022). Intracerebral electrical stimulation of the right anterior fusiform gyrus impairs human face identity recognition. Neuroimage, 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.118932

Rossion, B. & Lochy, A. (2022). Is human face recognition lateralized to the right hemisphere due to neural competition with left lateralized visual word recognition? A critical review. Brain Structure and Function, 227, 599-629

Volfart, A., Rossion, B., Yan, X., Angelini, L., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., & Jonas, J. (2023). Intracerebral electrical stimulation of the face-selective right lateral fusiform gyrus transiently impairs face identity recognition. Neuropsychologia, 190, 108705.

Quian Quiroga, R., Boscaglia, M., Jonas, J., Rey, H. G., Yan, X., Maillard, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Koessler, L., & Rossion, B. (2023). Single neuron responses underlying face recognition in the human midfusiform face-selective cortex. Nature communications, 14(1), 5661.

Rossion, B., Jacques, C., Jonas, J. (2024). The anterior fusiform gyrus: the ghost in the cortical face machine. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, in press.


Thesis - PhD


3 years


2000 euros/month


1 JUL 2024 (candidates may be selected earlier, don't wait to apply if you are interested)


15 SEP 2024

Applications should be sent as a single PDF to bruno.rossion@univ-lorraine including a CV, a letter of motivation and 2 names of references.