[Comp-neuro] PhD positions at LMU Munich

Stefan Glasauer s.glasauer at lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Mon Jul 6 14:18:10 CEST 2015

Two PhD positions are available at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
München for a fixed term of 36 months, starting 1st September 2015. Both
positions are linked to the research projects “Dynamic prior and
contextual calibration”, which is a part of the newly funded German
research group “active perception”.

The project aims to uncover the mechanism underlying dynamic contextual
calibration in multimodal environments, and to develop a general
Bayesian framework describing the prior updating mechanisms in
contextual calibration. In particular, we plan to focus on central
tendency effects (for a review, see Shi, Church & Meck, 2013, Petzschner
& Glasauer, 2015) in multimodal magnitude estimation. The project is
expected to establish a general computational framework to examine
whether the brain uses multiple modality-specific priors or an amodal
prior in contextual calibration, and how the brain resolves
inconsistencies among priors, as well as how action priors are taken
into consideration in magnitude estimation.

Successful candidates should have an excellent M.Sc. degree, or
equivalent (or be currently working towards one) in a field of cognitive
or computational neuroscience. Computational modeling and programming
skills in MATLAB and R are essential. Good verbal and written
communication skills in English, interest and some experience in
multi-disciplinary research are highly desirable.
Successful candidates will be paid according to German salary scale 65%
TVL-13. One candidate will work in Department of Psychology, LMU under
the supervision of Zhuanghua Shi, and the other candidate in the Center
for Sensorimotor Research, LMU under the supervision of Stefan Glasauer.

Applicants should send a completed application form along with a cover
letter detailing their research experience and interests, a CV and two
academic references electronically to either Zhuanghua Shi
(shi at psy.lmu.de) or Stefan Glasauer (s.glasauer at lrz.uni-muenchen.de).

The closing date for applications is August 1st, 2015. Shortlisted
candidates will be invited for interview at the beginning of August. We
regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.
Applicants who have not received an offer by the end of August 2015
should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women and
disabled persons – given similar qualification – are preferred.
Applicants with children are welcome. Part-time employment is possible
in principle.

Dr. Zhuanghua Shi
Experimental Psychology, Department Psychologie
LMU München
Tel: (+49) 89 2180 5213
Fax: (+49) 89 2180 5211
Lab: http://www.psy.lmu.de/exp/mlab/

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