[visionlist] Early stage researcher/PhD position in a European Training Network project

Huseyin Boyaci huboyaci at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 06:05:42 -05 2018

Job description

The project is part of a European Training Network (ETN) with altogether 
11 projects on cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research in visual, 
visual-haptic perception, their neuronal correlates and computer 
rendering. See https://dyvito.com/ for details about the consortium.

The project in Bilkent University will be conducted under the primary 
supervision of Huseyin Boyaci. Broadly defined, the project focuses on 
the dynamics of visual perception and its neuronal correlates. The 
successful candidate will utilize behavioral experiments, neuroimaging 
(fMRI and possibly EEG), and computational modeling. This project also 
emphasizes developing and testing advanced fMRI techniques to determine 
the temporal dynamics of neuronal activity using functional and 
effective connectivity measures.

The ETN scheme offers unique opportunities for training and 
international networking. Within the scheme there will be regular 
network meetings and workshops. Consortium members, as well as 
internationally renown invited speakers will give talks and lectures in 
these intensive meetings. The scheme also requires secondments (research 
visits of about 2 months) in other host labs to promote collaboration 
and networking.

Conditions and eligibility

The Early stage researcher (ESR) candidate should be a postgraduate 
researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their 
research activity, including the period of research training, who has 
not been awarded a doctoral degree. The candidate must not have lived in 
Turkey for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (Turkish citizens are 
OK, as long as they fulfill this requirement).


The candidate should have strong analytical and computational skills, 
and be enthusiastic about conducting visual neuroscience research. 
Experience with at least one of visual behavioral experimentation, fMRI, 
and computational modeling of neural systems is required. The candidate 
is expected to be a critical thinker, feel comfortable to work 
independently (i.e. from the supervisor), and in groups (i.e. with 
his/her peers).


Benefits include an EU-level generous living allowance, travel allowance 
and family (partner, children) allowance. The ESR will have the option 
to live in an in-campuss flat, and will have social/health insurance 
coverage. The successful ESR will be enrolled in a PhD program in 
Bilkent University.

Bilkent University and the Research Facilities

Bilkent is a young, and dynamic research University with a high ratio of 
international faculty and students (see 
http://w3.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/rankings/). The University has child 
care facilities, International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, health care 
and sports facilities.

The project will be carried out in A.S. Brain Research Center, and 
National Magnetic Resonance Research Center in the campus (see 
http://umram.bilkent.edu.tr/index.php/en/). The center currently houses 
1.5T and 3T MR scanners, (a new 7T scanner planned), EEG facility, 
psychophysics labs, and student space. The profile of researchers in the 
center is highly interdisciplinary: electrical and electronics 
engineering groups work on developing new MR hardware and software; 
medical doctors work on clinical cases; genetics groups work on 
gene-brain relation and rare diseases; and several groups work on 
various aspects of human visual perception. Other principle 
investigators in vision include Katja Doerschner, Hulusi Kafaligonul, 
and Tolga Cukur.

How to apply

Please send a CV, and cover letter for initial screening to 
hboyaci at bilkent.edu.tr

Selection process

The applications will be reviewed immediately. The deadline for 
application is June 29th. The successful candidate is expected to start 
in Fall 2018.

For more information and informal inquires please send a message to 
hboyaci at bilkent.edu.tr

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