[vslist] Postdoctoral position

Robert Allison allison at cs.yorku.ca
Mon Oct 7 19:21:01 GMT 2002

Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Psychophysical Analysis 
of Night Vision Goggles.
Salary: $39,804 a year
Location:       Ottawa, Ontario Canada

This position is classified as an NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Canadian 
Government Laboratories (< http://www.nserc.ca/guide/sf/3d_e.htm > ).  
The initial duration of this term position is for one year in accordance 
with the NSERC guidelines for NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellows.  However, 
should funding remain available, it is expected that the total duration 
of this appointment will be three years.

The research program will take place at the Flight Research Laboratory 
at the Institute for Aerospace Research in the National Research Council 
of Canada ( http://www.nrc.ca/iar/flight_main.html ). Work will also be 
conducted at the Center for Vision Research in York University in Toronto.

This project will define how human perception of motion and depth is 
affected by the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) during helicopter 
night landings and low-level night flight for both military and civilian 
operations. Our objective is to enhance the usefulness and safety of 
these devices. The visiting fellow will be responsible for correlating 
the engineering specifications with psychophysical tests of acuity, 
contrast sensitivity, motion and depth perception through the NVGs. 
Improvements (or decrements) in visual perception will be related to the 
characteristics of the display. We will target the visual conditions 
used during helicopter landing tasks and low-level helicopter obstacle 
avoidance. The primary activity of this position is to develop and 
implement (in collaboration with Dr. Rob Allison and Sion Jennings) the 
test procedures for evaluating motion and depth perception through NVGs.

This is a multidisplinary research effort. As such, we will accept 
candidates from the following backgrounds: physics, electrical 
engineering (sensors), human factors engineering, and perceptual or 
experimental psychology.

For further information please contact:

Sion Jennings
Research Officer
Flight Research Laboratory
National Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0R6

tel 613 990 3607
fax 613 952 1704
sion.jennings at nrc.ca

You must have received a doctoral degree in the natural sciences or 
engineering from a recognized university within the past five years. 
Your application will be accepted if you are currently enrolled in a 
doctoral program at a recognized university; however, you must expect to 
complete all requirements for your degree (including the thesis defence) 
within six months of submitting your application. You will not be 
allowed to take up your award until confirmation of completion of degree 
requirements is received. You may hold only one Visiting Fellowship.

There are no restrictions on the nationality of applicants. Successful 
candidates who are not Canadians or permanent residents of Canada must 
satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.



Robert Allison, P.Eng.
Dept. of Computer Science/Centre for Vision Research
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ont.
M3J 1P3
phone: (416) 736-2100 x 20192
fax:   (416) 736-5872

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