2022-04340 - Machine learning for Brain Neuroimaging
Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent
Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer
About the research centre or Inria department
Located at the heart of the main national research and higher education
cluster, member of the Université Paris Saclay, a major actor in the French
Investments for the Future Programme (Idex, LabEx, IRT, Equipex) and partner
of the main establishments present on the plateau, the centre is particularly
active in three major areas: data and knowledge; safety, security and
reliability; modelling, simulation and optimisation (with priority given to
The 450 researchers and engineers from Inria and its partners who work in the
research centre's 28 teams, the 60 research support staff members, the high-
level equipment at their disposal (image walls, high-performance computing
clusters, sensor networks), and the privileged relationships with prestigious
industrial partners, all make Inria Saclay Île-de-France a key research centre
in the local landscape and one that is oriented towards Europe and the world.
Working at Inria
Established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to
computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria's
3,900 researchers and engineers strive to invent the digital technologies of
the future. Educated at leading international universities, they creatively
integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to
solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and
private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their
work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published over 4,500
articles in 2019. They are behind over 300 active patents and 120 start-
ups.The 172 project teams are distributed in ten research centers located
Working with Parietal team
Besides permanent researchers, the developer will be in contact with PhD
students that do software development as part of their PhD contract, and with
the developer team that contributes to scikit-learn and Joblib, supported by
the scikit-learn consortium. He or she will also be in contact with cognitive
and clinical neuroscientists at NeuroSpin. Parietal researchers use English as
a common language for their activities (daily interactions, weekly meetings,
We are looking for a programmer to join our research group, Parietal team, at
INRIA, to work on Nilearn, a library applying advanced machine learning and
signal processing to functional brain imaging. As a programmer, you will be
developing tools for the analysis of cognitive neuroscience and "functional
connectivity" –brain connectivity inferred using functional MRI. Large
databases have been made available with these types of data and require
powerful data analysis software. The project unites neuroscientists, data-
miners, statisticians and clinical researchers to transfer recent advances in
basic neuroscience to clinical diagnostic tools. Your duties will be to work
hand in hand with the computer science and statistics researchers to turn the
research code into a solid and well documented Python library usable by
clinical researchers. In particular, to make the core data-processing routines
more usable, the project will develop specific data visualization. The
technologies used rely on the scientific Python stack and scikit-learn machine
• Improvement and homogenization of the library API, generation of automated
reports for group analyses, facilitation of statistical analyses (contrast
• Integration within the EBRAINS (Human Brain Project) platform users to run
connectivity analyses (estimation, visualization, population modeling)
This involves the following steps:
Integration of Nilearn into EBRAINS.
Development of new functionalities for manipulation of brain regions, integrated in the EBRAINS atlas viewer.
• Depending on the engineer's profile and tastes, she/he will work on some of
Nilearn's long-term development directions such as: – Improving support for
surface data (visualization, processing operations). – Improving the
reporting capabilities (interactivity, extending reports to more
estimators). – Improving the integration of the BIDS standard. – Improving
• Animation of the developers community. Organization and participation to: –
Weekly office hours. – Monthly Nilearn's core-developer meeting. – Occasional
social events: Nilearn dev-days (2020 edition, 2021 edition), brainhack,
coding sprints, training on software development.
• Love high-quality code and open source.
• Worry about users and like to communicate.
• Be curious about data (i.e. like looking at data and understanding it).
• Have an affinity for problem-solving tradeoffs.
• Good scientific Python coders.
• Enjoy interacting with a community of developers.
• Interest in brain imaging and its applications.
Transports publics remboursés partiellement
Congés: 7 semaines de congés annuels + 10 jours de RTT (base temps
plein) + possibilité d'autorisations d'absence exceptionnelle (ex :
enfants malades, déménagement)
Possibilité de télétravail (après 6 mois d'ancienneté) et aménagement du
temps de travail
Équipements professionnels à disposition (visioconférence, prêts de
matériels informatiques, etc.)
Prestations sociales, culturelles et sportives (Association de gestion
des œuvres sociales d'Inria)
Accès à la formation professionnelle
Remuneration in regards to professional experiences.
Theme/Domain : Computational Neuroscience and Medicine
Software engineering (BAP E)
Town/city : Palaiseau
Inria Center : CRI Saclay - Île-de-France
Starting date : 2022-02-01
Duration of contract : 1 year, 1 month
Deadline to apply : 2022-02-09
Inria Team : PARIETAL
Thirion Bertrand / Bertrand.Thirion@inria.fr
Inria is the French national research institute dedicated to digital science
and technology. It employs 2,600 people. Its 200 agile project teams,
generally run jointly with academic partners, include more than 3,500
scientists and engineers working to meet the challenges of digital technology,
often at the interface with other disciplines. The Institute also employs
numerous talents in over forty different professions. 900 research support
staff contribute to the preparation and development of scientific and
entrepreneurial projects that have a worldwide impact.
Instruction to apply
Defence Security :
This position is likely to be situated in a restricted area (ZRR), as
defined in Decree No. 2011-1425 relating to the protection of national
scientific and technical potential (PPST).Authorisation to enter an area is
granted by the director of the unit, following a favourable Ministerial
decision, as defined in the decree of 3 July 2012 relating to the PPST. An
unfavourable Ministerial decision in respect of a position situated in a ZRR
would result in the cancellation of the appointment.
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