Graduate program in Vision Science at University of California, Berkeley

This fully funded PhD program emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of vision science research through broad exposure to the basic concepts and techniques used in specialized fields. Engaged in both laboratory-based and clinical research, our students are working with faculty advisers whose research matches their own interests. Current research topics include Biomedical Optics, Perception and Visual Cognition, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Computational Vision, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Clinical Science.

Requirements: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, we accept students with various backgrounds including psychology, optometry, engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, biophysics, neuroscience, mathematics, molecular and cell biology and integrative biology. In addition to their transcripts, applicants need to submit their GRE test results and three letters of recommendation.

To apply: Submit your online application following the posted guidelines by January 7, 2019. The strongest applicants will be invited for an interview in March. If you have any additional questions about the Vision Science program or the application process, please email vision@berkeley.edu.

[updated 20 October 2018]

PhD Openings in Pizlo’s Lab

Computational Vision at Pizlo’s Lab

Prof. Pizlo’s Lab in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC Irvine has several openings for graduate students. Research in Pizlo’s lab focuses on 3D vision, with special emphasis on 3D shapes and scenes. The particular topics include monocular and binocular shape constancy, shape and scene recovery, the role of a priori constraints, as well as the role of symmetry as an invariant and as a source of redundancy. Studying vision combines behavioral experiments with computational modeling. The validity of the proposed theories is verified by comparing the performance of computational models with the performance of human subjects using the same real and realistic stimuli and tasks. See Pizlo’s web site for more details of his research program: https://www.socsci.uci.edu/~zpizlo/.

Prospective graduate students should send an email to zpizlo@uci.edu with their CV, description of research interests and names of three references.

Successful applicants will receive funding toward their Ph.D. for at least 5 years. For more information about the Cognitive Sciences graduate program, please see: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/graduate/index.php

[updated on 8 October 2018]

Two PhD positions in computational and cognitive neuroscience

Two PhD positions are available in the Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Alireza Soltani at Dartmouth College.

This NIH-funded project aims to uncover circuit-level mechanisms underlying adaptive learning. The project involves computational modeling at different levels (mean-field to spiking networks) as well as analyses of behavioral, electrophysiological, and calcium imaging data in rats during dynamic learning and decision-making tasks.
Applicants should have a strong quantitative background (e.g. physics, math, statistics, computational neuroscience, computer science, etc), good programming skills, genuine interest in understanding the brain, and a collaborative attitude. A background in neuroscience is desirable, but not essential.


Interested applicants should submit an inquiry to Alireza Soltani (soltani@dartmouth.edu), and submit their applications to Psychological and Brain Sciences Program at Dartmouth College.

[updated on 8 October 2018]

Graduate Student openings in the UCR Brain Game Center and Sensory Learning Lab

Professor Aaron Seitz in the Department of Psychology at UC Riverside has several openings for graduate students. Students can work in one or both of the Perception and Learning lab and the Brain Game Center. The Perception and Learning lab conducts basic research on perception, learning and memory using a variety of approaches including advanced Psychophysics, EEG, and fMRI, and computational methodologies. The UCR Brain Game Center is a unique research unit that focuses on translational psychology and neuroscience work where we exploit the potential of consumer technologies to conduct research at large scale. This involves running hundreds to many thousands of participants on research studies designed to develop better measurements of perceptual and cognitive abilities as well as new training tools for these skills. To date we have developed numerous approaches addressing vision, hearing, working memory, executive function, and fluid intelligence. In both labs we use computational modeling and machine learning as well as standard data analysis approaches.

For more information on research in the Seitz labs please see  http://faculty.ucr.edu/~aseitz/ and http://braingamecenter.ucr.edu.

Prospective graduate students should send an email to aseitz@ucr.edu with their CV, and description of research interests.

Successful applicants will receive funding toward their Ph.D. for at least 5 years. Please see the following websites for more information about the Psychology  (https://psych.ucr.edu) or Neuroscience (http://neuro.ucr.edu) graduate programs.

[updated on 8 October 2018]

PhD Scholarship in Contextual Modulation in Human Visual Processing at UNSW Sydney


The UNSW Scientia PhD scholarship scheme aims to attract new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to undertake projects in strategic research areas at UNSW. This scheme is particularly targeted at candidates with an honours degree in addition to relevant work and/or research experience in academia, government and/or industry.

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded $50k per year, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40k per year for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10k per year to provide financial support for career development activities. The student will be encouraged to make use of these funds to present their research at national and international conferences, and extend their research network through visits to other research institutes and/or industry and government placements. All tuition fees are covered for the full 4 year period.

Supervisory Team: Prof Colin Clifford, Dr Damien Mannion, Prof Branka Spehar

Colin W G Clifford, PhD
Professor, School of Psychology
T: +61 (2) 9385 1050
F: +61 (2) 9385 3641
E: colin.clifford@unsw.edu.au
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CRICOS Provider Code 00098G
[updated on: 2 July 2018]

PhD scholarship in face identification at UNSW Sydney

Call for Expressions of Interest: UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship
“Understanding super-recognition to improve face identification systems”
The UNSW Forensic Psychology Group invites Expressions of Interest for a unique PhD scholarship opportunity.
UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded $50k per year, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40k per year for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10k per year to provide financial support for career development activities.
The project is targeted at PhD candidates that are qualified to honours and/or masters level in psychology, computer science of cognitive science. We are particularly interested to hear from applicants with work experience in research, government or industry.
The topic of this thesis is open to negotiation, but we hope that the work can contribute to our broader goal of understanding how the best available human and machine solutions to face identification can be combined to produce optimal systems.
For more details and to apply see the following links:
Please direct informal inquiries to david.white@unsw.edu.au
[updated on: 13 June 2018]

PhD / Postdoctoral fellowship on depth perception using behavioural / neuroimaging (fMRI) measurements in human and non-human primate

Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition, Toulouse, France

Starting date: September – December 2018

A PhD / postdoctoral (depending on the experiment of the applicant) research position is available to work with Benoit Cottereau in the ECO-3D team of the CerCo laboratory (Toulouse). The aim of the project is to investigate how 3D properties within natural scenes influence visual processing and depth perception in primate. The project will include behavioural (psychophysics) and neuroimaging (fMRI) recordings in both human and macaque (see Cottereau et al., Cerebral Cortex 2017 for an example of fMRI study in non-human primate) so as to determine the homologies but also the differences between the neural mechanisms involved in the two species.

The city of Toulouse is an attractive city with high quality of life located in the south west of France (close to the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean sea and the Spanish border).

The position is for 36 months for a PhD student and 18 months (with potential for a renewal) for a post-doctoral student with standard French salaries. The starting date should be between September 1st and the end of 2018. Applications should be sent to benoit.cottereau@cnrs.fr including a CV and 2 names of references.


– Cottereau, B. R., Smith, A. T., Rima, S., et al. (2017). Processing of egomotion-consistent optic flow in the rhesus macaque cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 27(1), 330-343.

[updated on: 18 May 2018]