PhD Student Position in Emotion Studies Through Virtual Reality

EPFL is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Our research group is part of a four years Swiss National Science Foundation Synergia consortium targeting a deeper understanding of the human emotions dynamics. For this we will exploit a MRI device providing a fine analysis of the on-going neural processes in the brain while performing controlled experiments. The other partners are respectively experts in the analysis of human emotions and in MRI signal analysis while the challenge of our research group will be to offer effective immersive VR experience through 3D games while the subject is lying in the MRI device. For this project, the recruited PhD student will collaborate with a postdoc (for the game-design) and a part-time VR programmer. Given the specificity of the MRI signal acquisition, the first challenge will be to assess motion sickness and reduce such side effect for effectively inducing the planned emotions (in collaboration the expert partner in human emotion analysis). The second challenge will be to investigate whether and how the emotion-inducing experiment can take advantage of the subject embodiment (i.e. the fact that the subject has an avatar body).
- The successful candidate will be expected to publish research results, attend conferences and actively collaborate in the lab activities including interaction with students through the supervision of semester projects and the participation to teaching.
- Research-oriented Master in Virtual-Reality, Computer-Human Interaction or Computer Science with solid programming skills (C++, C#, UNITY3D,), a robust mathematical background in statistical analysis of experimental data and 3D interaction, and fluency in spoken and written English. Some background in Cognitive Neuroscience is welcome as a secondary criteria.
- The candidate has to be accepted by either the EDRS (next application deadline is September 15th) or the EDIC doctoral programmes.

For additional information, please contact Dr Ronan Boulic by e-mail

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