[visionlist] PhD and Postdoc positions - Human Visual Neuroscience (UC Louvain, Belgium)

Valérie Goffaux valerie.goffaux at uclouvain.be
Fri Dec 7 11:30:33 -05 2018

Our lab<https://sites.uclouvain.be/goffauxlab/index.html> (UC Louvain, Belgium) has PhD and postdoc position openings on two separate projects.

Project 1. How are visual category representations built from lower level processing? (1 PhD and 1 Postdoc)

In the context of a larger collaboration with KU Leuven (BE; PIs: Bart Boets, Hans Op de Beeck and Johan Wagemans), UC Louvain (BE; PIs: Olivier Collignon, Valérie Goffaux and Bruno Rossion), Stanford University (USA; PI: Antony Norcia) and the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging (NL; PI: Serge Dumoulin), one PhD and one postdoc position are opened to investigate how the human visual system processes complex and natural images. A growing corpus of evidence indicates that vision emerges from the dynamic and recurrent interactions between low- and high-level visual regions. By means of 3Tesla and 7Tesla neuroimaging, the overarching goal of the project is to investigate the recurrent dynamics in the human ventral visual pathway during the processing of faces, objects and natural scenes.
Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD and postdoc researchers in collaboration with other PI's of the consortium. Both positions are fulltime and funded for an initial year. The PhD position is renewable for up to 4 years. The postdoctoral position is renewable for up to 3 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.

Project 2. Contextual modulations at low- and high-level stages of visual processing (1 PhD)
Visual experience is influenced by spatial context. Context modulates the encoding of basic (e.g., luminance, orientation) and higher-order visual cues (e.g. the features of a face). By means of psychophysics and neuroimaging (3Tesla), this project will investigate at the individual observer level the functional relationship between basic and higher-order contextual modulations.
Appointment. Valérie Goffaux (UC Louvain) will supervise the PhD in collaboration with Pieter Moors (KU Leuven).The PhD position is fulltime, funded for an initial year, and renewable for up to 4 years. The starting date is flexible from February 2019 on.


·         PhD applicants should have or should soon obtain a Master's degree in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, computer science, or related areas.

·         Postdoctoral candidates should hold a PhD degree in one of these domains.

·         In addition to a genuine interest in human vision and cognitive neuroscience, the ideal candidate has skills in programming (e.g., Matlab) and data analysis, and a high level of written and spoken English.

·         Experience with psychophysics and/or neuroimaging research, as well as good computer skills (e.g. Matlab) and advanced statistical knowledge and skills are a plus.

·         Further assets are a creative mind, good problem solving skills and a collaborative and collegial attitude.
To apply, please send a brief (max. 1,000 words) personal statement describing your qualifications and research interests, your CV, and the contact information of two references, to valerie.goffaux at uclouvain.be<mailto:valerie.goffaux at uclouvain.be> before January 15 2019.

Valerie Goffaux
Chercheur Qualifié/Research Associate FRS-FNRS
Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY)
Institute of Neuroscience (IONS)
UC Louvain
Place Cardinal Mercier 10 box L3.05.01
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Tel.: 0032 10473877

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