[visionlist] 3-year postdoc position in Darmstadt: Unsupervised visual representation learning

Wallis, Thomas thomas.wallis at tu-darmstadt.de
Tue Jan 9 10:27:56 -04 2024

Dear Vision Science community,

The Perception lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt (PI: Thomas Wallis) is seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to start as soon as possible. The position is for an initial period of three years, with possible extension until October 2028, and is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant.

The goals of the grant are to study how people infer which parts of a scene belong to which objects, how the rich information provided by the projection of the 3D world into our eyes contributes to these inferences, and how these processes might be learned. The candidate will be responsible for using modelling methods, in particular unsupervised machine learning and Bayesian computational modelling, to drive insights into how scene representations can be learned from retinal inputs. The postdoc will work closely with a PhD student using computer graphics methods for dataset simulation, and will be embedded within the environment of the lab group.

There is substantial opportunity for the candidate to shape the precise research direction.

- Doctoral degree in cognitive science, computer science, psychology, or related fields
- familiarity with Python, MATLAB or similar programming languages,
- proficient in English,
- excellent communication, analytic and software skills,
- organizational skills, highly motivated, team-player

- previous experience using computational models of vision to study perceptual decisions
- previous experience using deep neural networks to study human visual processing
- familiarity with the emerging field of “neuroAI”, as evidenced by conference attendance, publications, etc.

My lab group strives to provide an inclusive, supportive and collaborative environment (https://www.psychologie.tu-darmstadt.de/perception/home_per/index.en.jsp). We are part of the Center for Cognitive Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt (https://www.tu-darmstadt.de/cogsci/ccs/index.en.jsp), which offers a vibrant and exciting intellectual environment for research in cognitive science. We are also strongly connected to other universities in the region via The Adaptive Mind collaboration (https://www.theadaptivemind.de) and the Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior in Marburg (https://www.cmbb-fcmh.de/de). German language proficiency is not required.

More information and the application procedure can be found here: https://www.psychologie.tu-darmstadt.de/perception/home_per/job_openings_per/index.en.jsp. Please feel free to reach out with informal enquiries to thomas.wallis at tu-darmstadt.de<mailto:thomas.wallis at tu-darmstadt.de>.

Best wishes,

Thomas Wallis

Prof. Thomas S. A. Wallis, PhD (he/him)
AG Perception
Institute of Psychology & Centre for Cognitive Science
Technical University of Darmstadt

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