[visionlist] PhD and post-doc position available in Switzerland

Petra Vetter petra.vetter at unifr.ch
Tue Jun 22 05:42:16 -04 2021

*PhD and post-doc position available in Fribourg, Switzerland*

One PhD and one post-doc position are available in the Visual and 
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Petra Vetter at the Dept. of 
Psychology of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The positions 
are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to study the 
influence of audition on vision and eye movements in the absence of 
visual awareness. The projects will bridge research in 
multisensory/audiovisual perception, eye movements and consciousness 
using psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI and possibly EEG. Information on 
past and current research in the lab can be found on the lab website: 

*PhD position *(fully funded for 3 years, with a possible extension to 4 

Required qualifications and skills:
- Masters degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or related field
- Experience in psychological experimentation
- Basic programming skills and/or high motivation to become proficient 
in Matlab and R
- Strong analytical and statistical skills
- Ability to work independently
- Good scientific writing and communication skills (in English)
- Basic experience with cognitive neuroscience methods, e.g. 
psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG or similar.

*Post-doc position *(2 years, possibly with an extension, depending on 

Required qualifications and skills:
- PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience or related field, e.g. Psychology, 
Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Engineering or similar.
- Programming proficiency, preferably in Matlab, R, or Python.
- Excellent analytical and statistical skills
- Experience in designing, conducting and analysing fMRI experiments
- Experience in designing, conducting and analysing behavioural and/or 
EEG experiments
- Excellent scientific writing and communication skills, documented by 
peer-reviewed publications
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to supervise junior students
- Experience in advanced fMRI analysis methods, e.g. retinotopic 
mapping, multi-variate pattern analysis, representational similarity 
analysis, or machine learning approaches.

The positions do not require teaching, but there is the opportunity to 
gain teaching and supervision experience if desired. The University of 
Fribourg is a bilingual university (French & German). Basic French or 
German language skills are an advantage but not a requirement.

Switzerland is multilingual and multicultural, offers a high standard of 
living and great opportunities for outdoor activities. Fribourg is a 
vibrant student city located between Bern and Lausanne, both lie within 
commuting distance. Salaries are in accordance with the guidelines of 
the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Fribourg. 
Start dates are flexible, for the PhD position the ideal start date 
would be autumn 2021.

Informal enquiries and applications including CV, motivation letter and 
contact details of at least 2 referees should be sent to 
petra.vetter at unifr.ch.

Many thanks.

Best wishes,


Petra Vetter, PhD
Assistant Professor & SNSF PRIMA Grantee
Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Dept. of Psychology, University of Fribourg
Rue P.-A.-de-Faucigny 2, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
Tel: +41 26 300 7646
petra.vetter at unifr.ch

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