[visionlist] Apply NOW: PostDoc position (3+3yrs) at the Scene Grammar Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

mlvo mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de
Thu Nov 3 09:23:47 -04 2022

I am happy to announce that the Scene Grammar Lab <http://www.scenegrammarlab.com/> of Melissa Võ at the Goethe University <http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/en> in Frankfurt, Germany is looking to fill a PostDoc position with an initial appointment of 3 years with the potential to be extended up to a total of 6 years.
Preferred starting date: March/April 2023

The lab’s core research areas include top-down guidance in scene search, neural representation and development of scene knowledge, rapid object and scene categorization, as well as action-perception interactions in real-world scenarios. We use a variety of methods, including psychophysics, stationary, real-world and VR eye-tracking, EEG, as well as computational modelling approaches. Over the past years, we have become experts in studying what we call “scene grammar”, the rules that govern real-world environments. But we also cherish other theoretical views and methodological approaches… as long as they help us to continue MAKING A SCENE! Most importantly, you would be joining a very international as well as super enthusiastic, fun, and warm-hearted team of great minds and personalities here in the lab that has been able to keep up its good spirits (thanks also to some fine Scotch) during this nerve-wrecking pandemic. 

We are seeking a highly qualified PostDoc with a doctorate in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Vision, Cognitive Science, ...) and shared interests in the core research areas described above. The researcher should ideally have extensive experience with eye tracking in 2D/3D/VR experiments and/or with carrying out and analyzing state-of-the-art EEG experiments (e.g. time-frequency analyses, decoding approaches). A good foundation in statistical methods (e.g., Bayesian approaches, LMMs etc) would be a plus, but not a must. 

Since this is one of those rare University positions with longer term perspectives, it comes with 4h/week of teaching at the BSc/MSc level. All teaching done by our group is in English, but knowing how to pronounce “DANKESCHÖN” would certainly be a plus for this position. The big PRO of this position is that it is NOT dependent on external funding, there’s no fixed research agenda and therefore you can be bold and creative in what you would want to work on in our lab with a perspective to stay up to 6 years! 

Located at the heart of Europe, Frankfurt (am Main) is one of the most international cities in Germany with a vibrant and international community of (no, not only bankers, but) cognitive neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, computational modellers, and vision scientists. The Goethe University Frankfurt offers a wide variety of academic programs and numerous research facilities. In addition, Frankfurt has become a hub for cognitive science/neuroscience in Germany and is home to renowned research institutes such as the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research <http://www.brain.mpg.de/home.html>, the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) <http://www.esi-frankfurt.de/> for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) <http://fias.uni-frankfurt.de/>, and the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics <https://www.mpg.de/6971390/empirische_aesthetik>. Also, the DIPF <https://www.dipf.de/en> - the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education - with its grand research facilities specifically established to support developmental behavioral and neurocognitive studies has recently moved onto our campus and members of the SGL are welcome to use these facilities at any time.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of at least two academic references to mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de <mailto:mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de> preferably before Fri, November 25th 2022, but later applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

Prof. Dr. Melissa Le-Hoa Võ

Scene Grammar Lab
Department of Cognitive Psychology <http://www1.uni-frankfurt.de/fb/fb05/psychologie/abteilungen_und_bereiche/allgpsy1/team/index.html>
Goethe University Frankfurt
PEG, Room 5.G091
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

phone: +49 (0)69 798 35342
mail: mlvo at psych.uni-frankfurt.de
web: www.SceneGrammarLab.com <http://www.scenegrammarlab.com/>

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