[visionlist] Postdoc Job at the University of Florida

Brian Odegaard odegaard.brian at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 11:46:23 -04 2023

Hi everyone -

My lab (https://paclab.psych.ufl.edu/) is looking to hire a
postdoctoral associate to study peripheral vision using visual
psychophysics, real-time EEG, and virtual reality. Information about the
position is shown below. For prospective candidates, please feel free to
reach out to me (Dr. Brian Odegaard) at bodegaard at ufl.edu with any
questions about the position!  Looking forward to the work ahead.

The post-doctoral position is funded by an Office of Naval Research young
investigator award to Dr. Odegaard to study how attention and metacognition
influence perceptual decision-making in peripheral vision. To that end, the
post-doctoral scholar will focus on conducting work for three specific
projects that relate to this award: (1) Conducting visual psychophysical
experiments to study decision-making biases in peripheral vision, and how
these may be ameliorated with different types of feedback; (2) using
real-time EEG to decode the locus of spatial attention, and probe visual
perception in unattended regions of visual space; (3) using virtual reality
to study perceptual decision-making in complex and naturalistic
environments. Dr. Odegaard’s laboratory is multidisciplinary and
collaborative, offering opportunities for career development of post-doc
candidates. All lab members have access to high-performance computing
resources at the University of Florida (the “HiPerGator” supercomputer), as
well as laboratory resources for visual psychophysics, high-resolution eye
tracking, real-time EEG, and virtual reality. The post-doctoral researcher
will be provided with a new MacBook Pro laptop for work on projects
described above, as well as office space and other resources needed for
project management and overall success.

This position is well suited for individuals who can work independently
with high self-motivation. Post-doctoral researchers will have
opportunities to contribute to existing projects in the lab (described
above) and develop new research avenues in collaboration with the PI. We
aim to train the next generation of scientists, as the lab is
trainee-centered and surrounded by diverse expertise in the college and
across campus.

The Department of Psychology particularly welcomes applicants who can
contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their
scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see
https://diversity.clas.ufl.edu/diversity-statement/ for more information
about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of
cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities,
and social opportunities.

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and
includes a full benefits package.

Ph.D., in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Statistics, or a
closely related field.

Highly organized, determined, and self-motivated scientist
Published scientific papers in international journals in the field of
psychology, neuroscience, or closely related fields
Programming skills using MATLAB, Python, R, Python, or Unity
Excellence in written and verbal communication skills in English
Great team worker: strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work
collaboratively within a diverse team.
Expertise in conducting visual experiments and analyzing behavioral and
neural data
Can independently develop visual experiments in virtual reality environments
Experience with real-time neurofeedback (either EEG or fMRI)
Willing to move to Gainesville to perform job-related responsibilities.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at
jobs.ufl.edu, search job 525283.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the
applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position,
(2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, and (4)
the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. After
initial review, confidential letters of recommendation will be requested
from the references of applicants chosen to receive further consideration.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening
which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and
verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript
to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered
“official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees
earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require
evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can
be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are
conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation
due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please
call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Brian Odegaard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Florida

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