[visionlist] Postdoc & predoc positions: Active perception and word recognition, New York University Abu Dhabi

David Melcher david.melcher at nyu.edu
Thu Jun 9 02:34:32 -04 2022

The Perception and Active Cognition Lab at New York University Abu Dhabi is
looking for a postdoctoral associate for a project looking at visual
factors and eye movements in the recognition of Arabic words.

The successful applicant will drive a fascinating project on the role of
prediction and parafoveal previews across eye movements in the rapid
recognition of Arabic words and other visual stimuli. Our laboratory has
developed paradigms to study the role of prediction in more naturalistic
viewing conditions, in which people move their eyes to look at stimuli of
interest, as we do normally while reading or looking around. In particular,
we developed a combined behavioral, eye-tracking and neuroimaging paradigm
to study the “preview effect”, in which the fact that we see a stimulus
peripherally influences the neural processing of that item when we look
directly at it. These neural measures allow us to characterize how
prediction and the preview increases the efficiency of neural processing.
In this context, the role of previewing a word with peripheral vision while
reading in Arabic is a particularly interesting research question, and we
will compare the preview effect for Arabic words, English words, faces,
oriented gratings and other stimuli.

The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment with world-class
research infrastructure, consisting of PhD-level scientists, graduate
students and undergraduate students, with the project also involving
faculty from Psychology, Computer Science and Arabic Language.

For the Postdoctoral Associate position, applicants must have a PhD in
Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Computer Science or related field.

For a Research Assistant position, applicants should have a Master's Degree
in Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Computer Science or related

Required expertise includes strong knowledge of psycho/neuro-linguistics
and/or visual perception, as well as experience with eyetracking and with
EEG or a similar methodology. Given that the stimuli in these studies will
include Arabic words, knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is desired (but
not required).

For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum
vitae with full publication list, statement of research interests and the
names of three references (or two actual reference letters), all in PDF
format. If you have any questions, please email Prof. David Melcher at
david.melcher @ nyu.edu.

Positions are funded for two years with the possibility of renewal. The
terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and
educational subsidies for children.  The salary and benefits are highly
competitive and the research infrastructure is world-class. Collaboration
and visits to other campuses in the New York University Global Network is
encouraged but not required.

Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered
until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit
a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of degree, a one-page summary
of research accomplishments and interests, and the names of the three
reference writers (or, ideally, at least two written references) all in PDF
format. Ideal starting dates would be September or October 2022.

http://apply.interfolio.com/108138 - Post-Doctoral Associate position
http://apply.interfolio.com/108139 - Research Assistant position

Please visit our website at
https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/postdoctoral-and-research.html for
further instructions and information on how to apply.


David Melcher
Professor of Psychology
Division of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi
Global Network Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU

Room 139, Computational Research Building (A2)
Saadiyat campus
UAE: P.O. Box 129188, Abu Dhabi
USA: P.O. Box 903, New York, NY 10276-0903
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