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<b><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Postdoctoral fellowship: Computational modeling of reading</span></b></p>
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<span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Right now you are reading. It does not cost you much effort because it is a highly automated process, but you are simultaneously decoding letters, moving visual attention, programming eye
 movements, recognizing words, stringing them together in a coherent syntactic and semantic representation, and adducing the intentions of the writer. We understand these individual processes in reading, but not how our brain can perform them simultaneously
 at the phenomenal speed of about 200 ms per word. Recently, a group of researchers in Marseille and Amsterdam has collaborated on the ambitious goal to create one computational model that describes all processes involved in reading, from the single letter
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<a name="_GoBack"></a><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Within this collaboration, there is an opening for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to work on computational modelling. The candidate will work on extending the already
 published OB-1 model (</span><font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="https://research.vu.nl/en/publications/ob1-reader-a-model-of-word-recognition-and-eye-movements-in-text-" target="_BLANK" style="color:rgb(0,0,255)"><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Psychological
 Review</span></a></u></font><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">, 2018). While the exact direction taken may depend on the interests of the candidate, this will include improving word recognition processes and accounting for
 EEG responses recorded during reading. </span></p>
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<b><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Practicalities</span></b></p>
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<span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">The postdoc will work in Amsterdam in the group of Martijn Meeter, but also be expected to regularly visit the Marseille group of Jonathan Grainger. The two-year position is potentially renewable
 for a third year. Official employer will be Université Aix-Marseille, including a one-year trial period. A postdoc salary in France is about €2606 a month; travel costs will be covered. Starting date is preferably 1 September 2019, but other dates can be discussed.</span></p>
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<span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Required skills are:</span></p>
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<li><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">Experience with computational modelling</span><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">
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</span></li><li><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt"></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">An interest in language as field of research</span><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">
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<span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">The positions are part of an ERC grant to Jonathan Grainger. More information can be requested at
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 or </span><font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="mailto:m@meeter.nl" style="color:rgb(0,0,255)"><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">m@meeter.nl</span></a></u></font><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">.
 To apply, please send an email </span><b><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">before 1 June</span></b><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt"> with as title “Postdoc computational model”to
</span><font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="mailto:m@meeter.nl" style="color:rgb(0,0,255)"><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">m@meeter.nl</span></a></u></font><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:11pt">
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<span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif">Martijn</span><span style="font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif"> Meeter</span><br>
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