VisionScienceList: post-doc Viewing and Attention in Visually Impaired People

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Date: Thu May 31 2001 - 00:53:37 PDT

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    Post-doctoral research associate in cognitive neuroscience with experience
    in visual perception research
    Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology, University of Groningen, The

    A full time post doctoral position is available for 2 years, beginning
    immediately or preferably not later than 1 August 2001.

    The post-doc will be involved in two projects.
    1) The first project is a new one to be started by the post-doc and
    aims to assess the influence of the training of viewing and attention
    strategies on the acquirement of mobility skills of visually impaired
    people. The hypothesis is that guided training of viewing and attention will
    improve mobility skills. Equipment (SMI EyeLink gaze tracker and stimulus
    and analysis software) for viewing training is available and ample
    experience was obtained in recent PhD studies on the relation between visual
    field defects and driving. The project will be executed in close
    co-operation with the vision rehabilitation institutes of Visio Noord in
    Haren and Het LooErf in Apeldoorn. Occupational therapists and mobility
    trainers of these institutes will do several assessments. The post-doc
    co-ordinates these assessments and will perform most of the evaluation
    measurements. The Medical Ethical Committee will have approved the project
    protocol by the time of the start. The project is financed by NWO-Medical
    Sciences "InZicht".
            This project is performed in collaboration with Greg Goodrich,
    Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto, USA.

    2) The second project investigates the influence of real and simulated
    visual field defects on attention and eye movements. The aim of the project
    is to assess the attentional capacity of a subject during visual search in
    relation to the size and nature of visual field defects (both real and
    simulated ones). The hypothesis is that the visual field defects will
    increase the attentional load of the search task and that this in turn will
    diminish the capacity for further additional tasks. Gaze tracking equipment
    (SMI EyeLink) and stimulus environment are present in the Laboratory of
    Experimental Ophthalmology and was developed in a previous phase of this
    project. Visio, Foundation for the Visually Impaired and Blind, finances the

    Another task of the post-doc is to give statistical support to clinicians
    and scientists of the Department of Ophthalmology.

    The profile of the candidate:
    * PhD in the area of behavioural neurosciences
    * Interest and experience in fundamental and applied research of
    visual perception
    * Team worker
    * Good communicative abilities
    * Mastering Dutch language or willingness to acquire this in short
    * Mastering spoken and written Dutch and English
    * Good writing skills in English
    * Excellent knowledge of methodological and statistical techniques

    The Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology of the Department of
    Ophthalmology, participates in the Graduate School of Behavioral and
    Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN) of the University of Groningen, and
    co-operates with the rehabilitation institutes of Visio and Het LooErf.

    Appointment at the University of Groningen for a period of two years.
    Salary minimum Dfl.5470 (approx. Euro 2480), maximum Dfl. 7555 (approx. Euro
    3420) depending on previous experiences.
    Dr. Frans W.Cornelissen, email:
    Tel.: +31 (0)50 3612510

    Prof.Dr. Aart C. Kooijman
    Visio chair of Videology
    Editor of Visual Impairment Research
    Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology (LEO)
    School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN)
    Hanzeplein 1, 9713 GZ Groningen
    P.O.Box 30 001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
    tel. +31 (0)50 3612165, fax +31 (0)50 3611636

    Videology covers the field of research on and rehabilitation of
    impairments of the visual functions of
    the sensory, oculomotor and central nervous system.

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