[visionlist] Research positions to study perceptual learning / cue recruitment

Benjamin Backus backus at psych.upenn.edu
Tue May 2 14:27:31 GMT 2006

Research positions are available to study perceptual learning,
especially the visual system’s recruitment of new signals to act as cues
during perception, for several PostDoc / PhD students and technical
staff, funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, in the following

Dr. Benjamin Backus (http://psych.upenn.edu/backuslab), University of
Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Marc Ernst (http://www.kyb.mpg.de/~marc), Max Planck Inst., Germany
Dr. Michael Kearns (http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~mkearns), University of
Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Guy Wallis (http://www.hms.uq.edu.au/staff/academic/guyw.htm),
University of Queensland, Australia

The larger goal of this project is to understand the role of associative
learning in perception, especially the construction of visual
appearance, within a theoretical framework of Bayesian statistical
inference and machine learning theory.

Positions may start after 1 July 2006. The project is collaborative and
interdisciplinary. Staff will be based at one of the three labs but
encouraged to spend extended periods at the partner institutions as part
of ongoing collaborative endeavors.

The project will explore perceptual learning in humans using a variety
of psychophysical, neuropsychological, and theoretical/computational
techniques. For experimental work we have available high-fidelity
virtual environments and sensorimotor labs with several force feedback
devices, motion platforms, large screen stereo displays, and tracking
systems at the three participating Universities.

Expertise in any of the above techniques and some programming skills is
an advantage but not required. Successful candidates should have a
background in Physics, Maths, Psychology, Computer Science, Biology, or
a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have
conducted psychophysical work or who have demonstrated expertise in
computer vision or machine learning.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary
international group of scientists performing cutting-edge research on
human multimodal perception, computer vision, and human-computer
interaction. Further information about the research environments can be
found at the websites of the participating laboratories. Informal
inquiries can be sent to Dr. Marc Ernst (marc.ernst at tuebingen. mpg.de),
Dr. Guy Wallis (gwallis at hms.uq.edu.au), Dr. Michael Kearns
(mkearns at cis.upenn.edu), or Dr. Ben Backus (backus at psych.upenn.edu).
Ernst, Wallis and Backus will be at VSS May 5-10.

Positions are available for 2-3 years. Salary depends on qualifications
with a maximum salary equivalent to approximately 20.000 € per year
(after tax appr. 13.000 € per year) without Ph.D. or approximately
45.000 € per year (27.800 €) for advanced PhDs, depending on location.
Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given
preferential treatment. Applications will be considered until the
positions are filled.

Candidates should send letter, curriculum vita, reprints, and names of
three referees to one or more of the four supervising scientists
(electronic submission preferred; postal addresses available upon request).

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