[visionlist] postdoc position at UC Berkeley (computational human visual & affective neuroscience)

sonia bishop sbishop at berkeley.edu
Tue Jul 18 08:00:31 -05 2017

Please see the below

*Postdoctoral Position: using computational visual neuroscience tools to
study human cortical representation of real-world faces and emotional
natural images.*

Institution: *University of California, Berkeley (Dept. Psychology and
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute).*

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the *Affective
Cognitive Neuroscience* Laboratory at the University of California,
Berkeley. The position is for 2 years in the first place with possible
extension to 3 years. It provides an exciting opportunity to work on a
grant bringing advanced computational visual neuroscience approaches (in
particular, multi-feature voxel-wise encoding models -
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20691790) to investigate (human)
cortical tuning to structural and semantic face features and the emotional
and semantic content of natural static images and video clips. The aim is
to better understand the structure of representation of complex socially
relevant natural stimuli (including static and dynamic faces and
emotionally salient visual and audio-visual stimuli) and how this changes
across cortex. Individuals with a background in visual neuroscience or in
any area of computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Interest in
affective neuroscience is desirable but previous experience with this field
is not required.

Candidates should have a PhD background in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science,
or a related field. Proficiency in fMRI methods and/or computational
modeling / machine-learning is highly desirable, as well as proficiency in
programming languages (in particular MATLAB, ideally also Python). The
candidate should have good interpersonal skills and a willingness to work
in a collaborative environment. The position will be based at UC Berkeley
but will also involve occasional trips to UT Austin where one of the study
collaborators (Professor Alex Huth, https://www.cs.utexas.ed
u/new-faculty/alex-huth) is based.

The position is available from September 1 2017, but the start date is
negotiable. Interested applicants should email Sonia Bishop (
sbishop at berkeley.edu); please include a CV with a brief description of your
research interests, a brief paragraph description of why you feel you are a
good fit for the project, and a brief paragraph description of your career
goals. Additional information about the laboratory is available at:
http://bishoplab.berkeley.edu/. Additional information about the project
and other related research within the lab is available upon request.
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