[visionlist] Postdoc Position: Visual Experience Database

Paul MacNeilage p.macneilage at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 11:46:54 -04 2022

The University of Nevada, Reno, Psychology department is recruiting for a
Postdoctoral Researcher to help run an NSF-funded project known as the
Visual Experience Database ( http://visualexperiencedatabase.org/ ). 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, and 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. Applicants with interest (i.e. concrete ideas for potential
analyses) and experience in the field of natural image and video statistics
will be preferred. 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.

Project code is dominantly in python, so demonstrated experience with
python is strongly preferred; demonstrated experience with matlab or C++ is
acceptable, if the applicant is willing to transition to python. 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 a duration of up to 2 years.
Applications will be assessed as they arrive and the position posting will
remain open until filled.

The position will be jointly supervised by Drs. Paul MacNeilage (
https://selfmotionlab.github.io/) 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

*Required Qualifications:* PhD degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a
related discipline; demonstrated experience with python, Matlab, or C++.

*Preferred Qualifications (optional): *Prior experience with any or all of
the following: eye-tracking, body-tracking, computer vision, version
control, test-driven development, documentation and other best practices
for collaborative software projects.

Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply.

For more information, and to apply, please visit:
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