[APPEL A CANDIDATURE] Offre de thèse - Altérations des processus sociaux dans le trouble du spectre de l’autisme et les troubles addictifs : Ressemblances et différences neurophysiologiques

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du 30 avril 2022 au 2 juin 2022

Sous la direction de Frédéric Briend and Marianne Latinus

The INSERM-U1253 & University of Tours research unit based in Tours (Loire Valley, France) invites applications for a PhD position to begin in the Fall of 2022 on the reward and interoceptive systems in autism. 

The main objective of the current PhD proposal is to identify impaired social processing in autism and AD across the last two dimensions. To do that, first, this project will explore the neural activity of the reward system in these patients via functional magnetic resonance imaging. Then, we will probe the deficit of interoception present in these disorders. This sensory modality will also be examined in relation to social processes, within an innovative device of immersive reality (the CAVE: computer automatic virtual environments).

Applicants should hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in one of the following disciplines: computational or cognitive neuroscience, computer science, cognitive science or related. 

Prior experience in the field of computational neuroscience and/or neuroimaging are of advantage. Sound knowledge of statistics and programming are essential. The candidate’s main missions will be to program, run and analyze behavioral and neuroimaging tests with individual with autism and healthy controls, involving interoceptive tasks and cognitive tests.

A good command of written and spoken English is requested of all applicants. Knowledge of French language is beneficial.

Prospective candidates should also contact directly Frederic Briend ( and/or Marianne Latinus ( by June 2, 2022. Please include the following documents in your application (as a single PDF-file): Cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least one recommendation letter. The position should start in October 2022. 

For more information, and to apply (deadline: June 2, 2021): Follow this link, and the how to section here.

Contact :
Frédéric Briend :