11 Fully funded PhD positions in vision and touch: perception and rendering of different materials

We invite applications from enthusiastic and capable students who would like to pursue a PhD in visual or visual-haptic perception or rendering.  We have eleven generously funded PhD positions open in nine different labs across Europe, supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN/ETN). We invite applications from enthusiastic and capable students who would like to pursue a PhD in visual or visual-haptic perception or rendering.

The positions are designed to encourage intersectoral and international collaboration and secondments. Each PhD position requires a move from another country. For example, to take a PhD position in Germany, you must not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. Applications from all over the world are welcome. Please see attached flyer and DyViTo website  https://dyvito.wordpress.com for more details.

Deadline: January 2018

[updated on: 24 October 2017]

PhD Position, EPFL, Lehigh University

Aiming to recuit a motivated graduate student (or two) to join the lab at Lehigh University starting in fall 2018.

Ideally, you should have
– an interest in attention
– previous research experience in behavior and eye tracking
and/or EEG, and computer programming skills (or desire to learn).
You can have more information:
Lehigh University application process and deadlines at the following link: https://psychology.cas2.lehigh.edu/content/welcome-graduate-program-psychology


Nancy Carlisle, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

[updated on: 18 October 2017]

PhD Position, EPFL, Switzerland

he Laboratory of Psychophysics at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (head: Michael Herzog), is searching for a PhD student with experience in psychophysics and good programming skills.

The PhD position is a 4 years appointment and the salary is approximately 3500 CHF/month after taxes.

PhD students upload their materials on http://phd.epfl.ch/application. Deadline 15.11.2017.

[updated on: 15 October 2017]

Doctoral studies in Vision at NYU

New York University is home to a thriving interdisciplinary community of researchers in the Visual Sciences.   A list of faculty, sorted by their primary departmental affiliation, is given below.   Doctoral programs are flexible, allowing students to pursue research across departmental boundaries. Nevertheless, admissions are handled separately by each department, and students interested in pursuing graduate studies should submit an application to the program that best fits their goals and interests.

Center for Neural Science (CNS) (deadline: 1 December)
[Neuroscience across NYU: http://neuroscience.nyu.edu/graduate-programs]
• Michael Hawken (also in Psychology) – Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception.
• Roozbeh Kiani – Vision and decision-making.
• Lynne Kiorpes (also in Psychology) – Development of visual function.
• Wei Ji Ma (also in Psychology) – Perception, working memory, and decision making.
• Tony Movshon (also in Psychology) – Vision and visual development.
• Robert Shapley (also in Psychology and Biology) – Visual physiology and perception.
• Eero Simoncelli (also in Mathematics and Psychology) – Computational vision.

Psychology, Cognition & Perception program (deadline: 1 December)
• Marisa Carrasco (also in CNS) – Visual perception and attention.
• David Heeger (also in CNS) – fMRI, computational neuroscience, vision, attention.
• Michael Landy (also in CNS) – Computational approaches to vision.
• Laurence Maloney (also in CNS) – Mathematical approaches to psychology and neuroscience.
• Denis Pelli (also in CNS) – Object recognition.
• Jonathan Winawer (also in CNS) – Visual perception and memory.

Center for  Data Science (CDS) (deadline: 18 December)
• Joan Bruna (also in Computer Science) – Machine learning, signal/image processing.
• Carlos Fernandez-Granda (also in Mathematics) – Optimization methods for medical imaging, neuroscience, computer vision.

Computer Science (deadline: 12 December)
• Rob Fergus – Computer vision, machine learning, computer graphics.
• Davi Geiger (also in CNS) – Computational vision and learning.
• Yann LeCun (also in CNS) – Machine learning, hierarchical visual processing, robotics.

Mathematics (deadline: 18 December )
• David McLaughlin (also in CNS) – Nonlinear wave equations, computational visual neuroscience.
• Michael Shelley (also in CNS) – Modeling and large-scale computation, computational visual neuroscience.

Biology (deadline: 1 December)
• Claude Desplan (also in CNS) – Molecular/genetic basis for development, particularly color vision circuitry.
• Daniel Tranchina (also Mathematics and CNS) – Information processing in the retina.

Philosophy (deadline: 4 January)
• Ned Block (also in Psychology and CNS) – Foundations of consciousness.
• David Chalmers – Philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science.

[updated on: 12 October 2017]

Undergraduate/Graduate Training at Ecole Normale in Paris

The Cognitive Science Department (http://www.cognition.ens.fr/indexENG.html) of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (Département d’études cognitives, DEC) aims to recruit advanced undergraduate international students in Cognitive Science and in Linguistics.

DEC and Ecole Normale Supérieure (http://www.ens.fr) offer several international fellowships, intended for advanced undergraduate students.

Students will either
– directly enroll in a master’s program (two-year or three-year fellowship), the CogMaster (http://www.cognition.ens.fr/CogMasterENG.html)
– first complete their last year of undergraduate studies and then enroll in a master’s program (three-year fellowship).

These fellowships will be attributed on the basis of a national competitive exam, known as the ‘ENS international selection’.

For more details (including about eligibility), please visit: http://www.ens.fr/en/academics/admissions/international-selection

The fellowships include:
– monthly stipend: 1000 euros;
– possibility of subsidized housing;
– access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal);
– minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year).

How to Apply:
More detailed information is available online:
– http://www.cognition.ens.fr/EnseignementFinancementENG.html

Applications Deadline: 9-Nov-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Maria Giavazzi(maria.giavazzi@ens.fr)

[updated on: 9 October 2017]

Research Officers for Correctional Research Branch (CRB)

Research officers working in Correctional Research Branch, Singapore Prison Service are employed through an external recruitment agency, BGC Group Pte Ltd. Research officers will be under the supervision of a permanent staff member. Work would generally involve extensive use of both theoretical and applied psychological knowledge. Candidates are expected to be proficient in all aspects of the research process such as literature search, data collection, entry & management, statistical analysis etc. In addition, research officers will also be expected to independently conceptualize and execute studies based on SPS demands for correctional research. The ability to write clearly and concisely is a requirement for prospective candidates.
Research Officers are also required to handle all research-related administrative work. This will include liaison with different parties for meetings, preparing files & documents etc. They will also be expected to perform miscellaneous administrative duties from time to time as directed by the permanent staff member.

Job Scope:

1. Conceptualize and manage studies related to correctional research
2. Conduct literature reviews and write reports on research studies related to correctional research
3. Collect and analyze research data
4. Coordinate with internal and external parties to facilitate research requests.
5. Providing publication related support for CRB/PDEB/DSB.
6. Maintaining of online knowledge management initiatives and miscellaneous management of e-resources
7. Any other duties as assigned by Singapore Prison Service

Qualifications & Other Requirements:

 Singapore citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
 Minimum of Honors degree in Psychology from a recognized university
 Preferably with relevant work experience in a correctional or criminology related field
 Preferably previous experience in conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research
 Good writing, analytical and communication skills.
 Basic understanding of statistics and proficiency in the use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, MPLUS)

If interested, please can contact Loh Eng Hao (LOH_Eng_Hao@pris.gov.sg)

[updated on: 3 October 2017]

PhD positions at UMass Amherst

The laboratories of David Huber and Rosie Cowell at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst are actively recruiting new PhD students to start in September, 2018. Our joint lab offers training in both theory and experimentation, using fMRI (at the UMass scanner), EEG, behavioral studies and mathematical modeling to address questions about memory, visual perception, attention and the BOLD signal. Research projects in the lab are supported by NSF (CowellHuber) and NIHfunding. More about our program, department and town:

  • all PhD positions fully funded through teaching and research assistantships
  • a highly interactive group of 10 faculty within the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience division, with particular expertise in mathematical modeling
  • five divisions within Psych and Brain Sciences (Cognitive, Developmental, Neuro, Social, Clinical)
  • new external funding in the Psych and Brain Sciences Dept in excess of $14m for 2017 so far
  • UMass Amherst is an R1 (Highest Research Activity) Institution
  • Amherst offers a lively intellectual environment thanks to the Five Colleges (UMass, Smith, Amherst, Mt Holyoke, Hampshire)
  • … in a beautiful rural setting with mountain views (and cheap rent), 90 minutes’ drive from Boston

Contact Rosie Cowell (rcowell@umass.edu) with research-related questions. Students may apply to enter the lab through one of two Graduate Programs: Psychological and Brain Sciences (Cognitive) or Neuroscience and Behavior.

[updated on: 4 October 2017]

PhD Opportunities in Visual Perception at UC-Irvine CogSci

Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC Irvine invites applications to a graduate program in Vision, which is a traditional strength of UCI CogSci. Students will be involved in cutting-edge research in visual psychophysics and visual neuroscience, combined with computational and mathematical modeling. Graduate training will involve projects in one or more areas of vision and will provide students with opportunities to acquire expertise in Mathematical Psychology and Bayesian Methods, another traditional strength of our Department. Other areas in the Department that make the training in cognitive science comprehensive are cognitive neuroscience, language, audition, and developmental psychology. Graduate students in Vision will also benefit from resources provided by the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and the School of Information and Computer Sciences.

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. For web sites of individual research labs go here:http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/research/labs.php.

[updated on: 1 October 2017]

Interdisciplinary graduate program in Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience (DCBN) at the University of Houston

The Integrative Program in Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience (DCBN) in the
Psychology Department at the University of Houston invites applications for the Ph.D. program for the
2018-19 academic term. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

See: http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/admissions/

[updated on: 25 September 2017]

PhD position at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 

A PhD scholarship is available to work with Dr. Gerrit Maus at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The lab (http://blogs.ntu.edu.sg/perception) researches visual perception and eye movements and specifically focuses on how the visual system deals with missing information in its input (e.g. due to eye blinks, eye movements, blind spots and scotomata). We aim to understand the neural mechanisms of extrapolation and interpolation, prediction, and spatial and temporal filling-in. We have access to excellent facilities for visual psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, MEG, EEG, fNIRS, TMS, and tDCS.

– Self-motivation, independence, and enthusiasm about science
– Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
– An excellent Undergraduate or Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Biology, Computer Science, or a related discipline
– Previous experience with experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience research (including psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, TMS, EEG, etc.)
– Programming skills in Matlab or Python

NTU is a young and research-intensive university ranking consistently amongst the top 5 in Asia and 1st amongst young universities under 50 years. Singapore is a fascinating, multi-cultural city in a tropical climate and a great hub for exploring countless travel opportunities in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Please email maus@ntu.edu.sg for informal enquiries and expressing interest. Official application deadline on the NTU website is 15 November for an expected start date in August 2018.

[updated on: 26 September 2017]

RA position at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 

A position as full-time Research Assistant / Project Officer / Research Associate is available in the Visual Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience lab of Dr. Gerrit Maus in the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Job description

The role is to assist in all research activities and the day-to-day running of the lab, including

  • Maintenance of lab equipment
  • Programming of experimental stimuli and tasks
  • Scheduling and running experiments with volunteer research participants
  • Data analysis and preparation of manuscripts and presentations
  • Administrative tasks

The position is ideal for a recent graduate who wants to gain additional research experience before applying for doctoral programs in psychology or cognitive neuroscience.

Expected start date: January 2018

Please email maus@ntu.edu.sg for informal enquiries and expressing interest. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

[updated on: 28 September 2017]

PhD position in Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (France)

Host laboratory: Institut des Sciences Cognitives, 67 Bd Pinel, Bron, 69675 Bron, France

Host team: Bases neurales de la cognition spatiale et de l’action


Supervisor: Suliann Ben Hamed (04 37 91 12 40, benhamed@isc.cnrs.fr)

Title:Behavioral and pharmacological enhancement of neural plasticity in the adult visual cortex


Though adult neuronal plasticity has been considered as extremely restricted as compared to that observed during early brain development, growing evidence indicates that it can be drastically enhanced by specific manipulations. Our aim is to compare the cortical effects of visual plasticity in the adult brain in the non-human primate model, when this plasticity is induced by sensory influences, cognitive influences or/and local pharmacological influences. We will characterize the short and long term effects of plasticity on the cortical visual system (visual cortex V1 and higher parietal and prefrontal visual areas LIP and FEF), as assessed by a combination of high spatial resolution (3T fMRI) and high temporal resolution (EEG) methods.

Though the present project is a fundamental research project, aiming at providing a long-missing integrative view of plasticity in the adult visual cortex, we believe that its outcome will provide new directions of investigation to manage abnormal visual experience due to eye misalignment in early childhood (amblyopia, congenital cataract) or visual deficits following acute cortical lesions (following head traumas or cerebral vascular accident) leading to such conditions as anopsia or neglect, thus addressing major issues in the physiopathology of the visual cortex.

You will specifically be responsible for the daily training of one of the monkeys involved in the study as well as for the analysis of the collected behavioral data. In addition, you will participate in the functional imaging recordings and in the subsequent analysis of these data.

Training hallmarks: Hands on familiarization and training on non‐human primate behavioral conditioning, functional magnetic resonance imaging data collection and analysis, analysis of physiological (pupillary dilatation) and behavioral (eye movements, reaction times and performance) data. All this, in tight interaction with the different members of the team.

Please email benhamed@isc.cnrs.fr (Suliann Ben Hamed, Ph.D., HDR) for informal enquiries and expressing interest.

[updated on: 19 September 2017]