[visionlist] Postdoctoral position on perceptual confidence at the ENS, Paris

Pascal Mamassian pascal.mamassian at ens.fr
Thu May 11 11:13:32 -04 2017


Postdoctoral position on perceptual confidence at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris


A postdoctoral position (12 months, renewable once) is available at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. The hired candidate will join the groups of Valentin Wyart and Pascal Mamassian in the Department of Cognitive Studies to work on a collaborative project on perceptual confidence.

The project will aim at identifying the neural computations underlying human decision confidence under uncertainty, by combining visual psychophysics, theoretical modeling of decision-making and confidence, and neuroimaging. The project will involve the recording and analysis of electromagnetic brain signals (EEG/MEG) from healthy volunteers.

Candidates should hold a recent PhD in vision, decision science, or a related discipline, be proficient in MATLAB programming and fluent in English. Prior experience in neuroimaging would be appreciated. No knowledge of the French language is required. The work will be carried out in the Department of Cognitive Studies of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, located in central Paris.

Applications should be sent by email to Valentin Wyart <valentin.wyart (at) ens.fr <http://ens.fr/>> and Pascal Mamassian <pascal.mamassian (at) ens.fr <http://ens.fr/>>. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names of three colleagues who could provide a letter of reference. Applications should be sent before May 26th, 2017, but later applications will be considered if the position is not filled. Initial inquiries are welcome.

General information about the project can be found in the following papers:
- Drugowitsch J*, Wyart V*, Devauchelle AD & Koechlin E (2016) Computational precision of mental inference as critical source of human choice suboptimality. Neuron 92, 1398-1411. *equal contributions
- Mamassian P (2016) Visual confidence. Annual Review of Vision Science 2, 459-481.
- Wyart V, Myers NE & Summerfield C (2015) Neural mechanisms of human perceptual choice under focused and divided attention. The Journal of Neuroscience 35, 3485-3498.

*** Addendum: Pascal Mamassian will be present at the VSS conference. Send him an email if you want to see him there. ***

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