[Comp-neuro] PhD positions in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (Max Planck Institute CBS, Leipzig, Germany)

Martin Hebart martin.hebart at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 15:52:11 CEST 2019


The independent research group Vision and Computational Cognition (led by
Dr. Martin Hebart) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and
Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for PhD students.

*Our research group* seeks to understand how humans recognize and
categorize visually-perceived objects. Towards this goal, we use a wide
range of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, including visual
psychophysics, online crowdsourcing, functional MRI and
magnetoencephalography (MEG). The emphasis lies on identifying and
characterizing reproducible and interpretable behavioral and brain activity
patterns that serve as a basis for our understanding of mental and neural
representations of objects.

*The Max Planck Institute* is equipped with excellent neuroimaging research
facilities (several Siemens 3T and 7T MRI scanners, 306-channel MEG, EEG,
virtual reality, eye-tracking) and offers dedicated support staff. Leipzig
has been called “Germany’s new cultural hot spot“ (The Guardian) and is
located just a little over an hour south of Berlin.

*The successful applicant* will have a passion for visual and cognitive
neuroscience, with good analytical and quantitative skills, and the ability
to work both independently and as part of a team. Candidates are expected
to have experience in the analysis of behavioral or neuroimaging data (e.g.
fMRI, MEG, or EEG) and have good programming skills in Python, Matlab,or R.
Experience with machine-learning methods (e.g. Scikit-Learn, PyTorch,
TensorFlow), data/code sharing platforms (e.g. GitHub, Docker), or basic
web programming (HTML, JavaScript) are desirable. Scientific publications
are not required; however, applicants are expected to demonstrate
scientific writing skills.

The expected starting date is flexible but no earlier than February 1st,
2020. The position is funded for three years, with the possibility of an
extension for an additional year.

For the full job advertisement including more information about the group,
qualifications, required documents and application procedures, please go to
http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (subject heading: *“PhD 14/19”*). All
applications received by *November 15th, 2019* will be considered.

In case of questions, please contact Martin Hebart at hebart at cbs.mpg.de
<hebart at cbs.mpg.de>.
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