[Comp-neuro] Postdoc and PhD student positions in naturalistic visuomotor behavior

Constantin Rothkopf rothkopf at fias.uni-frankfurt.de
Thu Jul 18 22:57:50 CEST 2013

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position and for 
a PhD student position in the lab of Constantin Rothkopf at the 
Technical University Darmstadt. The newly founded lab will focus on 
experimental and computational approaches to further the understanding 
of naturalistic, sequential visuomotor behavior in humans.  Current 
topics include:
- statistics of visuomotor behavior in naturalistic tasks,
- image statistics in natural visuomotor behavior,
- inverse-optimal-control models of human locomotion behavior,
- optimal control models of interception behavior,
- credit assignment in modular reinforcement learning models,
- eye-movements in naturalistic tasks.
For further information refer to the website:

We offer research facilities for mobile eye-tracking with concurrent 
motion-tracking in the psychology department and a virtual reality lab 
with head-mounted display, integrated eye-tracking, posture tracking, 
and hand posture tracking with additional vibrotactile feedback in 
conjunction with the computer science department.  The lab has currently 
several ties to the Frankfurt neuroscience and cognitive science 
community (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Max Planck 
Institute for Brain Research, Ernst Strüngmann Institute), and several 
collaborations with labs in Europe and the US, which contributes to the 
interdisciplinary research environment. The Technical University 
Darmstadt is among the leading Universities in Germany in several 
research areas, e.g. the computer science department consistently ranks 
among the top 5.

Postdoc applicants need to have a Ph.D. while Ph.D. position applicants 
need to have a Master's degree. The degree may be in cognitive science, 
psychology, computer science or related fields. In addition to a general 
interest in experimental psychology, cognitive science, computational 
science, and interdisciplinary research, the ideal candidate has a 
background in eye-tracking or virtual reality technology. Experience 
with programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++) is inevitable. Analytical 
aptitude as well as awareness of experimental literature is expected.

Informal inquiries may be made to Constantin Rothkopf at 
rothkopf at psychologie.tu-darmstadt.de. In your application please include 
a brief (max. 2 pages) cover letter explaining your research interests, 
what you are looking for in a PhD, why you would like to study in the 
lab, your longer term career goals, and contact information for 2-3 
references. Applications may be submitted to the Dean of the Department 
of Human Sciences of the Technical University Darmstadt, Alexanderstraße 
10, 64283 Darmstadt, in electronic form as a single pdf document via 
e-mail at: dekanat at humanw.tu-darmstadt.de.
More details are available at the following webpages:
Postdoc position (ref.-no. 263):
PhD position (ref.-no. 264):

Closing date of applications: September 1st, 2013

The Technical University Darmstadt strives for an increase in the number 
of women in academic employment. Women are therefore especially 
encouraged to apply and will be preferentially considered under the 
condition of equal qualification. Disabled candidates are given 
preference under the provision of equal qualification.

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