[visionlist] Apply NOW: 3-year PhD position in collaborative project at the Scene Grammar Lab and the Psychology of Teaching and Learning Unit, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

mlvo mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de
Sun Oct 4 15:50:58 -04 2020

Apply NOW: 3-year PhD position in collaborative project at the Scene Grammar Lab and the Psychology of Teaching and Learning Unit, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

A fully funded 3-year PhD position (E13 TV-L, 65%) is available in the Scene Grammar Lab <http://www.scenegrammarlab.com/> of Melissa Vo and the Psychology of Teaching and Learning Unit of Holger Horz at the Goethe University <http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/en> in Frankfurt, Germany.
Preferred starting date: January 2021

The lab’s core research areas include top-down guidance in scene search, neural representation and development of scene knowledge, as well as action-perception interactions in real-world scenarios. Recently we have begun to increase our efforts to become even more “real” by collaborating with Educational Psychology Department and especially with Psychology of Teaching and Learning Unit <https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/72563000/Horz?> at the Goethe University using VR in educational settings. In this collaborative project, which is part of the BMBF funded “Digi_Gap – Closing Digital Gaps in Teacher Education“ <https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/87779603/Digi_Gap___Digitale_L%C3%BCcken_in_der_Lehrkr%C3%A4ftebildung_schlie%C3%9Fen> project we will be training teachers by, e.g. confronting them with various critical school scenarios in VR.

For this collaborative project, we are now seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD student with a Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g., Educational/Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Cognitive Science) and shared interests in the project described above. Some programming skills and proficiency in using analysis software (e.g. Matlab, Python, Unity, R) and in Rigging, IK/FK-Animation, Motion Capturing as well as some experience with eye tracking in 3D, i.e. eye tracking in VR and/or in the real world would be desirable, but not required. Further, basic knowledge in Educational Psychology or at least interest in the area of teaching and learning in higher education is desirable, too.

Located at the heart of Europe, Frankfurt (am Main) is one of the most international cities in Germany with a vibrant and international community of cognitive neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, computational modelers, and vision scientists. The Goethe University Frankfurt offers a wide variety of academic programs and numerous research facilities. Recently, the DIPF <https://www.dipf.de/en/> (Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education) has moved close to our labs onto the main campus of the Goethe University and with it IDeA <https://www.idea-frankfurt.eu/en/about-idea> - an interdisciplinary research center in Frankfurt enlarging the research opportunities for Educational Psychology. Teacher education is in fact an important area not only in teaching but also in research at Goethe University. In addition, Frankfurt has become a hub for cognitive science/neuroscience in Germany and is home to renowned research institutes such as the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research <http://www.brain.mpg.de/home.html>, the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) <http://www.esi-frankfurt.de/> for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) <http://fias.uni-frankfurt.de/>, and the newly founded Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics <https://www.mpg.de/6971390/empirische_aesthetik>. 

I especially want to encourage young female scientists to apply for this position! Please apply even if you think you might not be 100% suited… we tend to think that even if it isn't true ;o)

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of at least two academic references to mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de <mailto:mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de> (since I am currently still on maternity leave, please also CC the following colleagues that will be part of this project: hansen at paed.psych.uni-frankfurt.de <mailto:hansen at paed.psych.uni-frankfurt.de>, mendzheritskaya at psych.uni-frankfurt.de <applewebdata://734841F3-2574-424B-AA9A-152B9E3F8FBD/%22mailto:>, and s.breitenbach at em.uni-frankfurt.de <mailto:s.breitenbach at em.uni-frankfurt.de> … they might be faster in replying!) preferably before November 15th 2020, but later applications will be considered until the position is filled. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for your consideration,
Melissa Võ

Prof. Dr. Melissa Le-Hoa Võ

Scene Grammar Lab <http://www.scenegrammarlab.com/>
Department of Cognitive Psychology <http://www1.uni-frankfurt.de/fb/fb05/psychologie/abteilungen_und_bereiche/all>
Goethe University Frankfurt
PEG, Room 5.G091
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

phone: +49 (0)69 798 35342
mail: mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de <mailto:mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de>
web: www.SceneGrammarLab.com <http://www.scenegrammarlab.com/>

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