[visionlist] Postdoc posiiton in computational cognitive neuroscience of vision and learning (Belgium)

Hans Op de Beeck hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be
Wed Oct 6 08:35:50 -04 2021

Postdoc position “Computational cognitive neuroscience of vision and learning”

The research group of Hans Op de Beeck at the University of Leuven (Belgium) has a position for a postdoc to investigate the neural basis of visual cognition and learning from a computational & cognitive neuroscience perspective. We have a particular interest in the neural basis of human visual and social cognition, and hope to better understand the factors that constrain the functioning of the underlying systems and their further adaptation due to learning experiences and visual expertise. Current research lines involve multivariate fMRI & EEG and computational modelling, often using learning paradigms and/or populations of real-world experts, and applications in the context of neurodevelopment disorders (e.g., autism). More information on our research group can be found at hoplab.be<http://www.hoplab.be/>. There is a possibility to also work on your own interests if they fit sufficiently.

Eligible candidates have research experience and a PhD in a relevant area, preferably demonstrated with first-author peer-reviewed publications in the domain of computational & cognitive neuroscience.  A computational and quantitative background is important, including good programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab), experience applying and developing artificial neural networks,  and advanced statistical knowledge. Further assets are experience with neuroimaging methods and the cognitive neuroscience literature, a creative mind, good problem solving skills, international and interdisciplinary mobility, and a collaborative, open-minded, and collegial attitude.

We currently have funding for up to three years, starting with a one year contract. We have a good track record helping postdocs obtain their own personal prestigious fellowships afterwards, as such allowing them to extend their stay and broaden the range of research questions. The net amount of the salary will be competitive and in accordance with the University fellowship scales for postdoctoral researchers. The position is research-only, without teaching obligations, but teaching opportunities can be arranged if wanted. KU Leuven is one of the best European universities according to international rankings (#42 world-wide in the THE ranking). KU Leuven houses more than 100 labs in neuroscience, brought together in the Leuven Brain Institute. Our research group belongs to the department of Brain & Cognition that contains almost 100 scientists, many of them with interest in vision, learning, and neuroscience. The department is located in the centre of Leuven, a vibrant university town which is only a 25-minute commute from the centre of Brussels and its international airport.

For further information contact Hans Op de Beeck<mailto:%20hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be>. Applications can be submitted through the electronic application system of KU Leuven (https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60065973 ), and should include a motivation letter and CV, mentioning the names and contact information of at least two referents. The provisional submission deadline is October 25. Late submissions might still be considered, but no guarantees.

The starting date would ideally be early in 2022, but obviously we will be flexible given the current international travel restrictions and further personal constraints.

Prof. Dr. Hans P. Op de Beeck, PhD

Research Unit Brain & Cognition, Leuven Brain Institute
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, PO Box 3714

Email: hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be<mailto:hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be>
Personal profile: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/bc/team/00029058
Lab Website: https://www.hoplab.be<https://www.hoplab.be/>

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