[Comp-neuro] fully-funded PhD position available in the cognitive modeling group at University of Groningen

Marieke van Vugt m.k.van.vugt at rug.nl
Tue Feb 15 13:36:35 CET 2011


PhD position Cognitive Modeling group (1,0 fte) (211047)

Organisation

We invite applications for a four-year PhD student position available in the Cognitive Modeling group, in the laboratory of Marieke van Vugt (http://www.ai.rug.nl/~mkvanvugt/index_lab.html). The Cognitive Modeling group forms part of the ALICE research institute within the Department of Artificial Intelligence. It has a world-class reputation in cognitive modeling, largely based on the ACT-R architecture. The laboratory of Marieke van Vugt focuses on the neural correlates of decision making based on remembered information, combining modeling, behavioral experiments and EEG/fMRI.
Job description

The PhD project focuses on relating computational models of decision making based on remembered information to EEG and fMRI data. The drift diffusion model of memory and decision making makes explicit predictions of the dynamics of evidence accumulation, and these predictions will be examined in neural data. The project will bridge the domains of perceptual decision making and recognition memory. Specific focus will be placed on how different brain areas interact to implement this evidence accumulation process and adjust performance on a trial-to-trial basis. The participant will engage in advanced data analysis of existing EEG data sets, and collect new EEG and fMRI data.
Qualifications

A successful candidate has a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Experimental Psychology, Artificial Intelligence or a related field, and has programming skills in Matlab, C, or Python. Experience in running EEG and/or fMRI experiments, or in modeling of cognition, is an advantage.
Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of 2,042 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of 2,612 gross per month in the final year. The appointment is for a period of four years, which should be finished with a PhD examination. The full time appointment is temporary for 1.5 years with the perspective of prolongation for another 2.5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation of the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years. A training programme within the Graduate School of Science is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional education and supervising that is specific to your needs.

How to apply:
Send a cover letter (with professional goals and a statement of interest), a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (PDF format) to the job application portal (http://www.tangram-tis.nl/10378/Kandidaten/Inschrijven/00347-0000004562) before April 1st, 2011, although applications received after the deadline may be considered.

Starting date: as soon as possible.
Information

For information you can contact:
Dr Marieke van Vugt,   m.k.van.vugt at rug.nl
ALICE
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Marieke van Vugt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Modeling Group
Bernoulliborg, room 326
Nijenborgh 9
9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands
phone: +31-6-51954984 (cell)
              +31-50-363-9487 (office)
http://www.ai.rug.nl/~mkvanvugt
m.k.van.vugt at rug.nl











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