Mission: The appointed researcher will study brain morphology and growth in Neandertals in the framework of the NEANBRAIN project (for more information see: https://www.dim-map.fr/projets-soutenus/neanbrain/). High-resolution numerical data of Neandertal crania as well as complementary MRI data from current humans will be available to study the correlation between the shape of the brain and the endocranium.
Activities: The appointed researcher will contribute to the detailed study of fossil specimens, the reconstruction of virtual models of Neandertal brains and the analysis of the morphological variation between specimens and during growth and development. Participation in teaching (master's degree) and in the dissemination of knowledge to the general public is possible.
Skills: Knowledge of the cranial and endocranial anatomy of the Neandertals. Experience in the study of the endocranium of fossil specimens and of the human brain. Knowledge of imaging software (study and reconstruction of endo and ecto-cranial morphology) and R language (analysis of morphological variations and modelling of Neandertal growth). Publication track record according to the applicant's career stage. Experience in teamwork.
Work Context: The appointed researcher will be based at the Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France. Teleworking will be possible. Antoine Balzeau and Aurélien Mounier will supervise the appointed researcher in their respective fields of expertise (palaeoneurology, imaging, Neandertal morphology, reconstruction and modelling). Catherine Schwab, from MAN, will contribute towards issues related to heritage preservation.
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