[visionlist] PhD position in DFG project: Active vision: control of eye-movements and probabilistic planning @TU Darmstadt

Constantin Rothkopf rothkopf at psychologie.tu-darmstadt.de
Thu Jan 31 04:48:14 -04 2019

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the lab of 
Constantin Rothkopf at the Technical University Darmstadt. The position 
is initially funded by the German Research Foundation DFG for three 
years. The project 'Active vision: control of eye-movements and 
probabilistic planning' aims to investigate how humans carry out 
eye-movements across different tasks and how this can be understood with 
models of probabilistic planning. Recent publications of the lab on this 
topic include the following papers:
- Hoppe, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2016). Learning rational temporal eye 
movement strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 
113(29), 8332-8337.
- Hoppe, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2019). Multi-step planning of eye 
movements in visual search. Scientific reports, 9(1), 144.

Applicants need to have a Masters degree in cognitive science, computer 
science, psychology, or related fields. In addition to a strong general 
interest in cognitive science, computational science, experimental 
psychology, and interdisciplinary research, the ideal candidate has a 
background in eye-tracking and probabilistic planning. Analytical 
know-how, awareness of experimental literature, and experience with 
programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C++) are indispensable. We offer a 
supportive and multidisciplinary environment driven by scientific 
curiosity, lab facilities for measuring eye and body movements in 
extended behavior in-the-wild and in VR, and collaborations with 
universities and research institutes in Frankfurt, Giessen, as well as 
internationally. The lab is part of  the Centre for Cognitive Science 
and the Institute of Psychology at TU Darmstadt.

If you are interested, please send a CV, a brief (max. 2 pages) cover 
letter explaining your research interests, what you are looking for in a 
PhD, why you would like to study in the lab, your longer term career 
goals, and the names and contact details of 2-3 academic references to 
constantin.rothkopf at cogsci.tu-darmstadt.de until February 28th 2019, but 
later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Constantin A. Rothkopf, PhD

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