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M/F - Interdisciplinary PhD - Biology/social sciences thesis on memory

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General information

Reference : UMR7220-ALEMIK0-003
Workplace : NANTERRE
Date of publication : Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Guillaume ISABEL et Sarah GENSBURGER
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Memory is a complex entity that is of interest for a wide range of disciplines. So far, this complexity has been examined from different disciplinary angles, which has sometimes led to conflicting conclusions about the nature of the memory and its functioning. While the social sciences emphasize the relational and "interactional" dimension of memory, biology and neuroscience focus on its neural and molecular bases and how it is stored and retrieved.Recently, social scientists, psychologists and neuroscientists have come together to bridge these different approaches. The interdisciplinary team responsable for this project are interested in the social influences of memory. The originality of this project is the co-construction of research experiences by researchers in the social sciences, psychology and neuroscience as a means of introducing a social dimension in the understanding of biology but also, in return, to open up new avenues for understanding the social dynamics of human memory. To do this, scientists in the humanities and neuroscientists will establish an experimental project in Drosophila - a famous insect model used in biology, to better understand the genetics and neuroscience pf the social aspects of memory.

Work Context

This thesis is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Research Center on Animal Cognition of Toulouse (CRCA UMR 5169 CNRS,, the Institute of Social Sciences of Policy Nanterre (ISP, UMR 7220 CNRS,, the Laboratory of Neuropsychology and Neurocognition (LPNC, UMR 5105 CNRS, General, 258). This post will focus on how social behavior can be involved in the storage and transmission of memory from different perspectives of analysis, both human and neurobiological. The doctoral scholarship is funded by the CNRS as part of its mission of transversal and interdisciplinary initiatives (MITI) "Prime | 80" project, which encourages and supports interdisciplinary projects between CNRS institutions.

This project offers a multidisciplinary academic background in neuroscience and sociology, with some elements of neurobiology as well as exposure to the social sciences. Collaboration with designated project partners is subject to contract.

Additional Information
The main researchers of the project are Sarah Gensburger - ISP, Guillaume Isabel - CRCA,Audrey Dussutour- CRCA , Céline Souchay-LPNC et Christopher Moulin, LPNC

Additional Information

Applicants must submit their CV, a copy of their graduation and master's degree (including final grades) and two letters of recommendation.
Training and skills needed:

- Master 2 in neurobiology or behavioral biology or a related field.
- Great interest in the humanities and social sciences.
- Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to interact regularly with sociologists, neurobiologists and neuropsychologists. This is a central requirement of this project.
- Good problem-solving skills, ability to work independently, team spirit,
- Experience in planning and conducting behavioral experiments.
- Willingness to participate in the daily maintenance of fly stocks.
- Be creative, well organized, patient, motivated, open-minded.

Beneficial but not essential skills:

- A training in human and social sciences
- Good knowledge of statistics.

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