Leipzig: Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences: Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) for the Max Planck research group Vision and Computational Cognition (PD 26/22)

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften | online seit: 09.09.2022
Referenznummer: PD 26/22

The Max Planck research group Vision and Computational Cognition (led by Dr Martin Hebart) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Our research group seeks to understand how humans process visually-perceived objects. Towards this goal, we use a wide range of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, including psychophysics, crowdsourcing, functional MRI and magnetoencephalography. The emphasis lies on identifying interpretable behavioral and brain activity patterns as a basis for our understanding of mental and neural representations of objects. In particular:

  1. we collect and analyze large behavioral and neuroimaging datasets with naturalistic stimuli and tasks to support open science (thousands to millions of data points),
  2. we complement traditional data analysis with supervised and unsupervised machinelearning methods and multivariate pattern analysis (encoding, decoding, RSA),
  3. we develop and apply computational modeling approaches of object recognition and categorization, including deep convolutional neural networks and large language models.

The project will consist of the acquisition and analysis of a massive dataset of natural images using 7T fMRI (4 participants, 30 sessions each). In contrast to previous large- scale efforts using random stimulus sampling, here the aim is to selectively use stimuli that are most informative for uncovering the representational structure of visual cortex. The successful applicant will have experience with collecting and analyzing functional MRI data in humans, as well as excellent organizational skills to manage the incoming data and support consistent data acquisition. For candidates interested in the analysis of the large-scale dataset, strong programming skills in Python are required. Candidates primarily interested in supporting the open science aspect of data collection and sharing may use the remaining time to work on a project of their choice. Candidates are expected to have obtained or be in the process of obtaining a PhD in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field.

The Max Planck Institute is equipped with excellent research facilities (Siemens 3T and 7T MRI scanners, 306-channel MEG, EEG, virtual reality, eye-tracking) and dedicated support staff. The research group hosts dedicated high-performance compute clusters. The Institute offers a vibrant and engaging community of international researchers. The working language is English; however, strong German language skills are a plus.

The expected starting date is flexible. The position is initially for two years. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. Female applicants or applicants who consider themselves as belonging to a minority group are particularly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

To apply, please submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal statement, contact information of up to three referees, academic certificates and three prior publications or other written documents that illustrate your suitability. Please submit your application via our online system at http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (subject heading: “PD 26/22”). The position will remain open until it has been filled. All applications received by October 21st, 2022 will be considered.

In case of questions, please contact Martin Hebart at hebart(at)cbs.mpg.de.

Die Ausschreibung ist auch im Internet unter https://recruitingapp-5218.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/381/Description/2/Default abrufbar.

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