[visionlist] Two postdoc positions at UBC, Vancouver

Miriam Spering vpom.lab at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 17:16:32 -05 2018

Two fully-funded postdoc positions are available at the University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The successful candidates will join
the Visual Performance and Oculomotor Mobility Lab (
http://visualcognition.ca/spering), directed by Miriam Spering.

The lab offers excellent facilities for studying visual perception and
motor control, with access to an exceptionally wide range of world-class
facilities, including eye trackers (such as a binocular dual-Purkinje image
eye tracker, several Eyelink 1000, Chronos ETD, SMI 120-Hz eye glasses),
motion trackers (Vicon, Ascension, Xsens), haptic devices (Phantom), KINARM
and virtual reality displays (Occulus Rift, one set with an integrated SMI
eye tracker).

Successful applicants will be part of a vibrant, highly collaborative,
multidisciplinary community within Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and with
collaborators in Computer Science, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Kinesiology
at UBC.

Post-Docs at UBC have full access to medical and dental benefits (including
a family plan), as well as to UBC’s daycare system; UBC offers excellent
on-campus housing for Post-Docs and families, with close proximity to top

Vancouver is spectacularly situated amidst ocean, mountains and forests and
has consistently been listed as one of the most livable cities in the world
by The Economist. The lab has two locations, one at Vancouver General
Hospital to facilitate our clinical studies, and one on UBC campus.

Applicants should have a strong background in psychology, neuroscience, or
a related discipline. Programming skills in Matlab and an affinity towards
quantitative methods are essential. Experience with Java or Unity would be
a bonus. Applicants are expected to be collaboratively minded and work
highly independently.

One of the positions will be filled with a person interested in developing
an eye-movement based motion sensitivity test for application in healthy
elderly and patients with low vision (in collaboration with the BC Centre
for Visual Rehabilitation). The other position is for someone interested in
developing models of predictive processes based on eye and hand movements.
Methods could include visual psychophysics, eye tracking, motion capture,
and perception and action in Virtual Reality.

Both positions are initially for 1 year, and can be renewed by 1 year.

Applications should be sent by email to Miriam Spering (mspering at
mail.ubc.ca) before June 30, 2018. Full applications should include a CV, a
statement of research interests, and the names of up to 3 people who could
write a letter of reference.

Informal inquiries are highly encouraged, and I will be available at CAN
and VSS for meetings with interested candidates.

--Dr. Miriam Spering

Associate Professor

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

University of British Columbia

818 W10th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Phone: +1 604 675 8871

Web: http://visualcognition.ca/spering
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