[visionlist] PhD position “Visual recognition problems after brain damage"

Hans Op de Beeck hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be
Sun Jun 5 07:49:45 -04 2022

PhD position “Visual recognition problems after brain damage: An investigation with neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and computational methods”

The department of Brain & Cognition at KU Leuven has a position for a  PhD student jointly supervised by  profs. Hans Op de Beeck and Céline Gillebert. The student will work on a project in which we aim to apply a multidisciplinary approach including neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and computational modelling in order to understand the patterns of deficits in visual recognition that result from brain damage. Which types of problems tend to go together and which symptoms are more likely to appear independently from other symptoms? The candidate will be embedded in the two involved laboratories that comprise experts in neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and statistical and computational methods, and that work on topics such as attention, vision, and learning/rehabilitation. More information about ongoing and past research can be found on the websites of the two research groups:  www.hoplab.be<http://www.hoplab.be> and www.neuropsychologylab.be/<http://www.neuropsychologylab.be/>

Eligible candidates have a master degree in a relevant area, such as a master degree in psychology with specialisation in (cognitive) neuroscience or clinical neuropsychology. Basic skills in programming (e.g., Python or Matlab), affinity with statistics and computational methods, and course/practical experience with brain imaging would be beneficial.

There are two profiles of students that could fit well in this project team. First, students with a basic quantitative background in the aforementioned area, with an emphasis upon programming, statistics, and brain imaging. Students with this profile do not have to speak Dutch. Second, students with a more clinical background in neuropsychology obtained in the context of a master in psychology, including patient testing in Dutch, in addition to affinity with quantitative methods, statistics, and brain imaging.

The PhD position is funded for 4 years. We will support the candidate in obtaining further personal funding if possible. The position is focused upon research, with only limited teaching responsibilities in line with general policies at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (average of about 100 hours of total time investment per year). The student will be registered in the PhD program of Psychology.

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 groups belongs to the department of Brain & Cognition that contains almost 100 scientists, many of them with interest in cognitive 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> or Céline Gillebert<mailto:celine.gillebert at kuleuven.be>. Applications can be submitted through the electronic application system of KU Leuven (https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60121545 ), and should include a motivation letter and CV, mentioning the names and contact information of at least two referents such as supervisors of internships and master theses. The submission deadline is June 17th.

The starting date is foreseen in October 2022.

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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