[Comp-neuro] Postdoc Position in Sensorimotor Accounts of Cognition

Alexander Maye a.maye at uke.de
Wed Nov 3 12:28:33 CET 2010

The Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology at the University 
Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, headed by Prof. Dr. Andreas K. Engel, is 
soliciting applications for a

Postdoc position starting January 1, 2011, 

with a duration of up to 4 years. The position is in an interdisciplinary 
field at the intersection of theoretical and computational neuroscience, 
computer science, and robotics. Applicants should have demonstrated 
excellence in neuroscientific computational modeling and machine learning 
methods. A strong interest in concepts and computational models of perception 
and cognition is desirable. Working knowledge in models of sensorimotor 
coordination, reinforcement learning, multisensory processing, a basic 
understanding of information processing in the human brain, and a solid 
background in data analysis methods would be required. Fluent programming 
in C++ and Matlab is expected. The position requires abilities to understand 
theoretical concepts and to develop corresponding computational models in 
particular, and the willingness to engage in a challenging project in general.

The successful candidate will be member of the European collaborative project 
“Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition – eSMCs” starting in 
January 2011. The main objective of the project is to extend Sensorimotor 
Contingency Theory (SCT) as an action-based approach to perception and 
awareness, and to investigate its implications in studies of natural and 
artificial agents. It combines in a unique manner theoretical work, 
experiments in different robots (humanoid and mobile), and studies in healthy 
humans and patients. Expected outcomes are new robot control architectures 
with a higher degree of robustness, adaptivity, and “human-like” behavior, as 
well as new approaches for studying sensorimotor coordination in humans. 
More information on the project is to appear at http://eSMCs.de. Information 
on the Dept. of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology is available at 
http://www.uke.de/neurophysiologie and at http://www.40hz.de.

For informal inquiries and additional information please contact:
Dr. Alexander Maye
E-mail: a.maye at uke.de
Tel.: +49-40-7410-55352

Please send your application to Dr. Alexander Maye or Prof. Dr. Andreas K. 
Institut f. Neurophysiologie und Pathophysiologie
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Martinistr. 52
20246 Hamburg

Submission of applications through email (a.maye at uke.de, ak.engel at uke.de) 
is encouraged. 
To guarantee full consideration the application should be received by 
December 1, 2010. 

Pflichtangaben gemäß Gesetz über elektronische Handelsregister und Genossenschaftsregister sowie das Unternehmensregister (EHUG):

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts
Gerichtsstand: Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Jörg F. Debatin (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Alexander Kirstein
Joachim Prölß
Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus
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