[visionlist] Postdoc available to help build visual experience database

Mark Lescroart mlescroart at unr.edu
Fri Sep 6 18:48:50 -04 2019

Dear Colleagues,

A postdoctoral researcher is needed to help run a newly NSF-funded project known as the Visual Experience Database. The project aims to collect hundreds of hours of first-person video along with eye and head movement data across a range of activities and participants. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the work including collection, annotation, analysis, organization and storage of the data. This data will be suitable for addressing many questions relating to the natural statistics of the dynamic world as humans perceive it. Potential projects include estimation of spatial distributions of motion in natural experience, estimation of natural object co-occurrence frequencies, comparison of eye movement patterns across populations and task conditions, and comparison of head movements across populations and task conditions. Candidates are encouraged to bring their own ideas as well. The successful candidate will also help organize a big data summer school that aims to teach relatively novice users the skills needed to work with the database.

Applicants should have a PhD in a related field. Demonstrated experience with python, matlab, or C++ is mandatory. Experience with eye-tracking, body-tracking, and computer vision is desirable. A background in engineering and/or computer science is advantageous, including experience with version control, test-driven development, documentation and other best practices for collaborative software projects. The position is available immediately with the possibility of extension for up to four years. Applications will be assessed as they arrive and the position posting will remain open until filled. Salary will be based on the NIH postdoctoral pay scale and commensurate with experience. The position is a non-tenure-track full-time ‘A’ contract appointment for 12 months with potential for renewal for additional years. Candidates from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The position will be jointly supervised by Drs. Paul MacNeilage https://wolfweb.unr.edu/~pmacneilage/) and Mark Lescroart (http://piecesofmind.psyc.unr.edu) who are both part of the Integrative Neuroscience (https://www.unr.edu/neuroscience) and Cognitive and Brain Sciences programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. Reno is located near Northern California on the Eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, only a 45 minute drive from Lake Tahoe and a 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Informal inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Paul MacNeilage and/or Dr. Mark Lescroart: pmacneilage at unr.edu, mlescroart at unr.edu

Mark Lescroart
Assistant Professor of Cognitive & Brain Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno
email: mlescroart at unr.edu

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