[visionlist] Postdoctoral Position at the University of Toronto

Benjamin Wolfe benjamin.wolfe at utoronto.ca
Wed Jan 3 15:37:38 -04 2024

The Applied Perception and Psychophysics Lab (APPLY Lab<http://www.applylab.org/>, www.applylab.org) at the University of Toronto Mississauga is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on questions in digital readability to start in early 2024.

The APPLY Lab<http://www.applylab.org/> (led by Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Dr. Anna Kosovicheva) studies fundamental and applied questions in vision science, and looks to real-world tasks to better understand how vision works.

This individual in this position will help lead the lab's work on digital readability, advancing our understanding of how and why specific manipulations to the appearance of text on screens helps readers at an individual level, laying the groundwork for new approaches to customizing text to readers' specific needs. This work grows out of the lab's interests in eye movements, crowding and the visual mechanisms of reading, and is part of a larger collaboration with researchers, practitioners and educators around the world through The Readability Consortium<https://thereadabilityconsortium.org/>. The position will provide extensive opportunities for a postdoc to interact with researchers in industry and at other academic institutions, and is well-suited for trainees who are interested in moving to applied research. The position is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant to the lab, and the initial appointment would be for one year, renewable based on performance.

Candidates for this postdoctoral position should have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or Human Factors, although candidates with other relevant experience and a strong interest in experimental vision science will be considered. Candidates should have extensive expertise in experimental research with human participants; a background in visual psychophysics (ideally with eye tracking) is highly preferred. Most importantly, candidates should have an interest in studying fundamental and applied questions in perception using behavioral methods.

The APPLY lab and the University of Toronto support trainees from diverse backgrounds. We offer a supportive, welcoming, and inclusive lab environment that is committed to work-life balance.

Interested candidates should email Dr Benjamin Wolfe (benjamin.wolfe at utoronto.ca) with a statement of interest, CV, and the names and email addresses of three references.

Benjamin Wolfe, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road; Office: CCT 4057
benjamin.wolfe at utoronto.ca

Co-Director, Applied Perception and Psychophysics Laboratory (APPLY Lab)
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