[visionlist] PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience of Perception, Memory and Action

Olivers, C.N.L. c.n.l.olivers at vu.nl
Sun Jun 23 03:49:34 -04 2019

PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience  of Perception, Memory and Action

A four-year PhD position is available at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology, VU Amsterdam, under the supervision of Prof. Heleen Slagter and Prof. Chris Olivers (cognitive psychology & neuroscience). The PhD position concerns a project on the relationship between cognition and action within the visual domain. Most cognitive neuroscience research has so far focused on identifying the brain networks and mechanisms that underlie different cognitive functions, such as attention and working memory. This approach has yielded tremendous insights into the basic science of how the brain works. In daily life, however, what we pay attention to or remember is often determined by the affordances of the environment: how we can act in the world around us. Yet, as cognition is typically studied as separate from action, little is still known about how action may sculpt cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and consciousness. This research project aims to elucidate the relationship between action and cognition within the visual domain, using experimental tasks, eye tracking, and electrophysiology (EEG).

The anticipated starting date for the position is 1 October, 2019 (with some flexibility). The project will be part of the Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (http://ibba.institute/). There will be a teaching requirement associated with this position (10%).
FTE: 0.8 - 1


-          Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, or a related field;

-          Demonstrable interest in perception, memory, consciousness and/or related topics;

-          Demonstrable interest in and familiarity with experimental and/or cognitive neuroscience methods;

-          Good knowledge of methodology and statistics;

-          Good command of written and spoken English;

-          Experience with programming or scripting languages (e.g., Python, MatLab).

What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. You will become part of a vibrant research community of international reputation, and receive high-level training. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE. The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance.

Please see the links below for the full description and how to apply through the university portal or through Academic Transfer.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed. No agencies

Deadline 15 August 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact Profs Heleen Slagter or Chris Olivers, E-mail: h.a.slagter at vu.nl or c.n.l.olivers at vu.nl

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