[visionlist] info to circulate: POSTDOC NAVIG

Michel Denis denis at limsi.fr
Tue Apr 28 12:24:14 PDT 2009

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NAVIG: A device to assist navigation
for blind and low-vision users

Proposal for a post-doctoral position
LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France

A post-doc position in cognitive psychology is open at LIMSI-CNRS, starting September 1, 2009. The position is funded by a grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) for a period of one year, renewable for a second year, depending on the candidate's preference and on our evaluation of the candidate's capacities.

NAVIG is a multidisciplinary and innovative project, with both fundamental and applied aspects in the field of sensory substitution. The aim of the project is to better understand the processes involved in the representation of space by low-vision people and to augment their autonomy in navigational tasks (e.g., arriving at destination and avoiding obstacles). A detailed description is available on the web site of the NAVIG project (http://navig.irit.fr).

The work will consist in designing and conducting experiments with blind, low-vision, and sighted control participants both in laboratory settings and in natural urban environments. It will also include ergonomic tests of the device under construction. While the position is open at LIMSI-CNRS, which is located in the Orsay campus of the University of Paris-Sud, the experiments in natural urban environments will be conducted in the city of Toulouse in close partnership with the IRIT and the Institut des Jeunes Aveugles (an association of blind and low-level vision people involved in the project).

Good knowledge and practice of experimental psychology methods are required. The experiments with blind persons will be conducted in French and as a consequence basic skills in speaking French are preferable. Although not being a prerequisite, the candidate's previous experience with blind participants will be considered as an added value.

The net salary is 2038 euros per month.

The candidates should send a letter of intention and a CV to Michel Denis (denis at limsi.fr) and Malika Auvray (malika.auvray at limsi.fr), preferably before May 31, 2009.

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