[Comp-neuro] PhD Position - Spatial Orientation - Munich

Paul MacNeilage p.macneilage at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 10:14:44 CEST 2012

Research will aim to determine how precisely and accurately humans can
estimate self-motion and orientation based on visual, vestibular, and
combined stimuli by measuring detection and discrimination performance
using a virtual reality motion simulator consisting of a hexapod
motion platform and attached visual display. Another aim will be to
quantify the natural statistical properties of visual and vestibular
stimulation in real world environments. These measurements will be
made using a custom-made head-mounted device that records synchronized
information about head motion, eye movements, and visual stimulation
during everyday activities. Together, these measurements constitute
necessary prerequisites for modeling spatial orientation perception
and action in a probabilistic framework (e.g. Bayesian). Research is
conducted in a clinical setting allowing results to be compared
between normal subjects and patients with sensory and/or neurological
deficits. Within these topics there is flexibility for the student
determine the exact focus of research.

The successful applicant will have a background or significant
interest in neuroscience, neurology, sensory and cognitive function,
psychophysics, engineering and/or medicine. Strong motivation and
ability to work independently are required. Matlab and C programming
skills and experience with eye tracking are desirable. Good personal
skills are necessary for working with human subjects. The PhD will
start on or before October 1st 2012. It typically takes 3-4 years and
may be done through the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences
after successful application. To apply please send CV and statement of
interest to:

Dr. Paul MacNeilage
paul.macneilage at lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Research Group Leader, IFB/LMU
Klinikum der Universität München
tel: +49 (0)89 7095 7823

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