January 2019

PhD and Postdoc positions - Human Visual Neuroscience


Our lab (UC Louvain, Belgium) has PhD and postdoc position openings on two separate projects.

Project 1. How are visual category representations built from lower level processing? (1 PhD and 1 Postdoc)

In the context of a larger collaboration with KU Leuven (BE; PIs: Bart Boets, Hans Op de Beeck and Johan Wagemans), UC Louvain (BE; PIs: Olivier Collignon, Valérie Goffaux and Bruno Rossion), Stanford University (USA; PI: Antony Norcia) and the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging (NL; PI: Serge Dumoulin), one PhD and one postdoc position are opened to investigate how the human visual system processes complex and natural images. A growing corpus of evidence indicates that vision emerges from the dynamic and recurrent interactions between low- and high-level visual regions. By means of 3Tesla and 7Tesla neuroimaging, the overarching goal of the project is to investigate the recurrent dynamics in the human ventral visual pathway during the processing of faces, objects and natural scenes.

Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD and postdoc researchers in collaboration with other PI’s of the consortium. Both positions are fulltime and funded for an initial year. The PhD position is renewable for up to 4 years. The postdoctoral position is renewable for up to 3 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.

Project 2. Contextual modulations at low- and high-level stages of visual processing (1 PhD)

Visual experience is influenced by spatial context. Context modulates the encoding of basic (e.g., luminance, orientation) and higher-order visual cues (e.g. the features of a face). By means of psychophysics and neuroimaging (3Tesla), this project will investigate at the individual observer level the functional relationship between basic and higher-order contextual modulations.

Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD in collaboration with Pieter Moors (KU Leuven).The PhD position is fulltime, funded for an initial year, and renewable for up to 4 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.



  • PhD applicants should have or should soon obtain a Master's degree in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, computer science, or related areas.
  • Postdoctoral candidates should hold a PhD degree in one of these domains.
  • In addition to a genuine interest in human vision and cognitive neuroscience, the ideal candidate has skills in programming (e.g., Matlab) and data analysis, and a high level of written and spoken English.
  • Experience with psychophysics and/or neuroimaging research, as well as good computer skills (e.g. Matlab) and advanced statistical knowledge and skills are a plus.
  • Further assets are a creative mind, good problem solving skills and a collaborative and collegial attitude.

To apply, please send a brief (max. 1,000 words) personal statement describing your qualifications and research interests, your CV, and the contact information of two references, to before February 15 2019.


Recruitment for a PhD in Neuroscience


The CHU UCL Namur and the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) of the UCLouvain are looking for a top-class PhD student to run a multidisciplinary research in NeuroScience.

The project aims at quantifying motor function recovery and motor learning in the early phase of stroke by means of robotics, and at correlating recovery and motor learning with functional MRI.


The successful candidate will have a strong scientific or medical background and experience with Matlab programming, and/or fMRI, and/or robotics applied to neuroscience/human movements, and/or neuroscience.


The project will start immediately after the selection of the candidate.


The project will be run in the Stroke Unit of the CHU UCL Namur (Mont-Godinne), with French-speaking patients. Therefore, if you do NOT speak French fluently, please do NOT apply.

The application will include a full CV; a letter of motivation underlying why the candidate is the best suited for this project; and 2 letters of recommendation.


Please send your application to:

Pr Yves Vandermeeren, MD, PhD