[visionlist] Post-doctoral position in Cognitive Science/Experimental Psychology - areas of (visual) object recognition, action and perception, and semantic knowledge.

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Fri May 3 09:22:15 -04 2019

The Proaction Laboratory (Perception and Recognition of Objects and
Actions, http://proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt; Jorge Almeida’s Lab) at the
University of Coimbra (www.uc.pt), Portugal is looking for a motivated and
bright Post-doctoral researcher to work on an ERC Starting Grant project
(ContentMAP) on (visual) object recognition and object knowledge under a
cognitive science approach (semantic knowledge, action processing,
perception and action, etc) using experimental psychology tools (behavioral
experiments, reaction times, accuracy, etc). In this project we will
explore how object-related complex information is used in the process of
recognizing an object.

Excellent command of some of the typical cognitive science/perception
behavioral paradigms (e.g., action/visual priming, number line and
magnitude related paradigms, object recognition and categorization related
paradigms, etc), strong experimental training (in normal participants),
keen understanding of cognitive science models in the areas above, and
strong understanding of statistics is required. Strong programming skills
(matlab, python, etc.) are a plus. Very good English (oral and written)
communicative skills are necessary.

The position is for a maximum of 4.5 years, and should start in July 2019
(although the start date could be flexible). The position involves no
formal teaching (unless the candidate wants to). It does involve, however,
lab mentoring.

The salary is competitive – 2060 euros per month, tax free. This value is
on par with the average salaries at top American institutions, as well as
London, Paris, etc. However, the cost of living in Portugal (and
particularly in Coimbra) is much lower.

The researcher will work directly with Jorge Almeida and his team in
Coimbra, but the laboratory has extensive collaborations with researchers
throughout the world. In fact, there may be the option of spending some
time in another lab as part of the position. The researcher will also be
encouraged to develop her/his own projects and look for additional funding
so that the stay can be extended.

We have access to a large pool of participants (close to 200 participants
per semester), and to behavioral data collection and presentation
equipment. We may have access also to eyetracking and motion tracking
techniques. We also have access to a 3T MRI scanner with a 64-channel coil
(with EEG inside the scanner), and to tDCS with neuronavigation, although
the focus of this position is not on neuroimaging (however, depending on
interest, the post-doctoral fellow can certainly use fMRI).

Finally, the University of Coimbra is a 700 year old University and has
been selected as a UNESCO world Heritage site. Coimbra is one of the most
lively university cities in the world, and it is a beautiful city with easy
access to the beach and mountain.

You should apply as soon as you can, as we will fill in the position as we
receive applications  if there are candidates with a superb fit with the
requirements and project.

The interested candidates should email Jorge Almeida for questions and
applications. Please send an email with the subject “Post-doc position
underERC - ContentMAP” with your curriculum vitae, list of publications, 2
reference letters, and a short description of your experience in the field
and how you fulfill the requirements (fit with the position) to:
jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt.
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