[visionlist] PhD Studentship in Vision Science, EPSRC-funded

Anya Hurlbert anya.hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk
Thu May 4 15:11:53 GMT 2006

PhD studentship in Vision Science, EPSRC-funded
Colour, Texture and 3D Shape Interactions in Real-World Surface Perception
Newcastle University, UK

Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded PhD studentship in colour 
perception of natural 3D objects.  The goal of the project is to understand 
how the human perception of  real object colours is influenced by surface 
texture and shading, as well as by cognitive factors such as object 
familiarity. The project will involve computational analysis and databasing 
of natural chromatic textures, as well as measurements of human perception 
using a novel technique to manipulate the colours of real objects. Thus the 
project is at the interface of psychology and computer vision. Unilever plc 
is the industrial partner in the project.

The studentship is offered in Professor Hurlbert's lab in the School of 
Biology and Psychology at  Newcastle University. The School is one of the 
premier Psychology groupings in the UK, having scored the highest ratings 
in both research (RAE 2001 5*) and teaching (QAA Subject Review 24/24 
points).  The lab is in the new JIF-funded Henry Wellcome Building for 
Neuroecology, which also houses state-of-the-art facilities for imaging and 
neurophysiology, a computational suite for biological modelling and 
neuroinformatics, eye trackers, and a range of devices for natural image 
processing. The School also plays a vital role in the Institute of 
Neuroscience, one of the largest neuroscience communities in the UK.

Candidate requirements. Interested candidates with backgrounds in 
psychology, engineering, mathematics or a natural science are encouraged to 
apply. Candidates must have good computing skills, an enthusiasm for 
understanding human visual perception, and hold the equivalent of  a 2.1 or 
higher degree class, by October 2006. The student will gain experience in 
psychophysical experimental design and programming, colour science, and 
computational modelling. Please see www.epsrc.ac.uk/student for further 
guidelines on eligibility.

Student stipend: EPSRC sets a minimum stipend level of 12,300 UK pounds for 
the year 2006/2007.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a lively city, named by Newsweek in 2002 as one of 
the world's eight top creative cities. Home to the Baltic (Europe's largest 
contemporary art museum), the new Sage Gateshead music centre,  Newcastle 
United Football Team, and a vigorous  night life loved by its large student 
population, it is also a welcoming place to live.

Please contact <mailto:Anya.Hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk>Anya.Hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk if 
you are interested or have further questions.   (Note that Professor 
Hurlbert will also be at VSS 2006).

To apply, please send a statement of interest, CV, and the names of two 
referees directly  to anya.hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk, and complete the university 
application form online at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/. 
Deadline for application 19 May 2006.

Anya Hurlbert MD PhD
Director, Institute of Neuroscience
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
Henry Wellcome Building for Neuroecology
Framlington Place
University of Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
+44-191-222-7638 (phone)
+44-191-222-5622 (fax)
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