Ph.D. Programme in Developmental and Brain Sciences in UMass Boston

The PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston is focused on understanding cognition, perception, and behavior when underlying neural and hormonal mechanisms are developing. It is an intensive, developmentally-focused, research-based program using both human and animal models. Core faculty engage in research ranging from cognitive development and psychophysics to neuroendocrinology and behavioral genetics. Students may follow a Cognitive Neuroscience specialization investigating functional changes in perceptual and cognitive abilities or a Behavioral Neuroscience specialization investigating neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. All DBS students receive rigorous core training in methods (dry and wet lab skills, advanced statistical methods, computational tools like MATLAB) and work in labs using multiple levels of investigation including psychophysical and neuropsychological evaluation, functional brain imaging (NIRS, ERP), and neuropharmacological, molecular/cellular, and genetic/epigenetic methods. New lab spaces for the program are housed in the Integrated Sciences Building, part of our campus on the Columbia Point peninsula. This location is just a few miles south of downtown, neighbors metro Boston’s other world-class research Universities, and offers wonderful views of the city and Boston Harbor. Applicants will likely have a BS and significant research experience. We especially encourage members of underrepresented populations in neuroscience to apply.

For more information or to apply, please visit dbs.psych.umb.edu.

DBS Core Faculty:

[updated 17 December 2018]

Opening for Research at Dr. Mur’s Lab at Western University

Dr. Mur’s lab in the Department of Psychology at Western University has several openings for graduate students. Research in the lab focuses on visual cognition and revolves around the following questions. How do we recognise objects? What neural and computational mechanisms underlie this ability? How are incoming visual signals integrated with behavioural goals? We address these questions using psychophysics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and computational modeling. For more information about the lab, please see http://www.mariekemur.com.

The lab is accepting MSc/PhD students via the Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Programs at Western. For more information about the programs, please see http://psychology.uwo.ca/graduate/index.html and https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/neuroscience/graduate/. Application deadlines for these programs are 4 and 18 Jan 2019, respectively.

Western University is currently expanding its strength in neuroscience with a $66M grant from the Canadian government (www.uwo.ca/brainscan). Successful candidates will join the Brain and Mind Institute (www.uwo.ca/bmi), one of the leading centres in cognitive neuroscience in Canada, with a full range of ultra-high field, research-dedicated MRI scanners (3T, 7T, 9.4T) and state-of-the-art laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and neurophysiological testing in humans, nonhuman primates and rodents.

[updated 17 December 2018]

Ph.D. Scholarship at Durham University

The Durham University Department of Psychology has a number of opportunities to apply for fully-funded PhD studentships to start in October 2019. We are looking for students with a strong academic track record wishing to gain doctoral training in a vibrant research environment with state of the art facilities. For a list of potential supervisors in vision science, please see below. To develop a project idea, please get in touch directly with one or more potential supervisors.

Fully funded PhD studentships for 2019 entry are available via several schemes, including –

  • Durham Doctoral Studentships – open to International, UK and EU students
  • Departmental Studentships – open to UK and EU students

In addition, we put forward applications to

  • The ESRC NINE DTP doctoral training centre (includes 1+3 funding, Masters+PhD) – open to UK and EU students

All studentships include a stipend at the UKRC rate (currently £14,777), tuition fees, and support for research expenses. For more information, please see our website:
Funding information – https://www.dur.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/funding/
How to apply – https://www.dur.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/how_to_apply/

Closing dates for submission of applications via most schemes are January 16th 2019. Applications via the NINE DTP have the deadline January 18th 2019. Interviews (by Skype if need be) are expected to take place in the week commencing February 4th 2019. Please contact the Psychology Postgraduate Office (pginfo.psy@durham.ac.uk) or the director of Postgraduate Research (marko.nardini@durham.ac.uk) with any questions.

Potential supervisors in vision science include

[updated 17 December 2018]

Vision Research at SUNY College of Optometry

The Graduate Center for Vision Research at SUNY College of Optometry, located in mid-town Manhattan, is now accepting applications for the doctoral program in Vision Science for Fall 2019. Our full-time Ph.D. students receive tuition waivers and a stipend of $35,676 per year.

Vision science is a highly multidisciplinary field that encompasses basic, translational, and clinical research in areas of biology, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, engineering, and molecular, cellular, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience. The Graduate Program in Vision Science embraces this inherent diversity as the foundation for a robust program offering training that intersects these varied disciplines.

The Graduate Program in Vision Science provides comprehensive research training that positions our students to achieve career success and make significant contributions to the field. It combines a rigorous, intellectual program of study and research with an interactive, collegial sense of community.

In addition to the online application, applicants must submit original transcripts, their GRE test scores and three letters of recommendation.

Please use the links below for information about our doctoral program in Vision Science, including the current brochure, program and admission requirements, and our research faculty:

VISTA Scholarship Information

Who – Students applying to a Master’s or PhD vision research-related programme at York University

What – Research includes projects in computational or biological vision under the supervision of www.yorku.ca/vista/researchers

Why – It provides an additional top-up fund of $10,000 per year (Master’s 2 years and PhD 4 years)

Where – Information on how to apply can be found at www.yorku.ca/vista/opportunities

When – Deadline for Winter applications Jan 31st, 2019

Why VISTA and York University?

Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) is a $33M research programme aimed at furthering vision research at York University. Funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, VISTA has the largest group of interdisciplinary vision researchers in the world. For more information, please visit our website www.yorku.ca/vista.

[updated 17 December 2018]

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
W: unsw.edu.au
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]