Human electrophysiology, Virtual reality, Self-consciousness, Perspective taking, Multisensory processing, Cognition

A PhD position in Neuroscience is available. The PhD applicant will be co-supervised by Dr. Christophe Lopez (Laboratory of Integrative and Adaptative Neurocience at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France) and Dr. Betty Mohler (Space and Body Perception” research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany).

The position is part of the Volkswagen Foundation’s « Finding Perspective » project, which aims to examine several interactions between various forms of perceptual perspective and bodily experience. The project is highly interdisciplinary, with expertise spanning experimental psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy of mind and computer science.

The aim of the position is to combine neurophysiological (EEG, EMG) and computer science (virtual reality) methods to pursue general research questions such as the following: How do posture and the vestibular system affect your ability to take another’s perspective? How might it feel to be someone else, somewhere else? How does the brain process sensory signals related to self-location and embodiment? The applicant will principally be based in Dr. Lopez’s lab in Marseille (, which investigates the effects of vestibular stimulation and multisensory conflicts on various aspects of bodily perception and awareness, and visuo-spatial cognition. Dr. Mohler’s “Space and Body Perception” research group is within an excellent multidisciplinary, interactive and collaborative research environment combining expertise in psychophysics, virtual reality and robotics (Prof. Heinrich Bülthoff), as well as the Max Planck for Intelligent Systems, computer vision, computer graphics, perception (Prof. Michael Black).

We are looking for suitable candidates with interest and knowledge in human electroencephalography, electromyography, psychophysical methods, as well as good programming and modeling skills (Matlab, Unity3D, 3DStudio Max). Applicants for this position should have ideally a background in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive sciences, computer science, or a related field.

The position is immediately available and is funded for a period of 3 years. Payment is according to the guidelines of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) for the two first years of the PhD, and the Max Planck Society for the third year of the PhD. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, and so are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, Master certificates (including a list of classes taken during Bachelor and Master studies), letters of references and a short summary of past research experience. Applications should be submitted in a single PDF document to the email addresses below. All information or questions regarding the position should be submitted electronically to Dr. Lopez ( and Dr. Mohler ( with the subject line « PhD Position 1: VW Project ».

For general inquiries concerning the Volkswagen Foundation’s “Finding Perspective project”, please contact Dr. Adrian Alsmith (