[visionlist] Please post: Postdoctoral position at Stirling University, UK

Ross Goutcher ross.goutcher at stir.ac.uk
Tue Oct 7 10:35:51 PDT 2008

Postdoctoral position in Visual Perception available at Stirling University, UK.

The Department of Psychology is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow, who will be required to work on a BBSRC funded project investigating the functional role of second-order processing in binocular vision, under the direction of Dr. Ross Goutcher (principal investigator).

Understanding how the human visual system encodes binocular disparity information is a central problem for vision research.  Currently, many computational models use binocular energy units as a first stage to the encoding of disparity information.  However, whilst the standard binocular energy unit is sensitive only to disparities defined by changes in luminance, human observers are known to also be sensitive to disparities defined by second-order image content, such as contrast modulations (e.g. Wilcox & Hess, 1996; 1997).  The role that such second-order sensitivity may play in the encoding of binocular disparity, and the benefits such sensitivity may bring to human stereovision, are currently unclear.  The goals of the project are to establish the ways in which second-order image content may aid the encoding of binocular disparity, and to establish whether any such potential benefits are exploited by the human visual system.  This will involve a combination of psychophysical experimentation, computational modelling and the analysis of binocular natural image data.

You will be responsible for carrying out a series of psychophysical experiments, and will be required to assist in the development and testing of computational models of second-order binocular disparity detection.  You must therefore have experience in the design and conduct of psychophysical experiments, and should hold, or expect to hold, a PhD, or equivalent, in Psychology, or another related subject. You should also be conversant in the use of Matlab for data analysis and experimental design purposes.  An understanding of computational models of biological vision and a good knowledge of the literature on binocular vision and/or second-order vision are also highly desirable.

The post is full-time, fixed-term for three years, proposed start date 1st February 2009. The salary will be £28,290 p.a. (Grade 7, Spine Point 30).

Informal enquiries can be made to Ross Goutcher, email rg12 at stir.ac.uk.

Further particulars are available from the HR Office, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, telephone 01786 467028, fax 01786 466155 or email hr-services at stir.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 November 2008 at 12 noon.

Please quote reference number: 12581/6292



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