[Comp-neuro] PhD/Post-Doc in Neuro-Computational Modeling of Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition (Hamker Lab)

Fred Hamker fhamker at uni-muenster.de
Mon Oct 1 21:12:09 CEST 2012

PhD/Post-Doc in Neuro-Computational Modeling of Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition (Hamker Lab)
A PhD or postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Fred Hamker at Chemnitz University of Technology in the Department of Computer Science, given a final confirmation of funding. The position is for three years, starting March 2013. However, an earlier starting date could be possible if required.
The research position is part of the EU project “Spatial Cognition” in the program of Future Emerging Technologies: Neuro-bio-inspired systems. In our consortium, that consists of the following partners
Fred Hamker, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany (coordinator)
Neil Burgess, University College London, England
Pieter Medendorp, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Patrick Cavanagh, Université Paris Descartes, France
Rufin VanRullen, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France
a strong exchange of experimental and neuro-computational work is planned and required. The research at our lab aims at developing a large-scale model of visual perception focusing on the parietal cortex and its interactions with the Hippocampus, oculomotor and visual areas. Among others we will address research questions such as the updating of visual attention around eye movements, the subjective experience of a stable world, the perception of intra-saccadic displacements of visual stimuli and the role of corollary discharge. The final model will be demonstrated as a virtual human interacting in a virtual reality.
See http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/informatik/KI/research/journal.html for our previous work in this field.
In particular:
Ziesche, A., Hamker, F. H. (2011) A Computational Model for the Influence of Corollary Discharge and Proprioception on the Perisaccadic Mislocalization of Briefly Presented Stimuli in Complete Darkness Journal of Neuroscience, 31(48): 17392-17405.
The candidate should have an interest in developing neurocomputational systems, particularly with respect to data in the neurosciences and psychology. Experience in interdisciplinary projects or in experimental studies is welcome. Good programming experience is essential.
The salary is according to German standards (PostDoc E13 TV-L, PhD initially 50% E13 TV-L). The university is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will receive priority in case they have equal qualifications.
Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the state of Saxony and close to scenic mountains. Major cities nearby are Leipzig and Dresden with a rich tradition of music and culture.
Applications should be sent by email (preferably in PDF format) to (fred.hamker at informatik.tu-chemnitz.de) until October 20th. Later applications will be considered until the position is filled. I am happy to meet with potential candidates at the SfN meeting in New Orleans.
Prof. Dr. Fred H Hamker
Artificial Intelligence & Neuro Cognitive Systems
Department of Computer Science
Chemnitz University of Technology
D - 09107 Chemnitz
Germany www: http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/informatik/KI/
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