Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral researcher position in the DFG-funded project ‘Gaze track representation in higher visual cortex’. The project aims to investigate neural gaze track representation with combined eye-tracking and fMRI. In previous work, we could e.g. decode gaze tracks that occur during face viewing in the fusiform face area (Wang et al., NatComm 2019,https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13541-3). Now, we want to further investigate the nature and function of these action-related representations in primarily perception-related brain areas using combined fMRI / eye movement measurements and MVPA methods.
Research institutions in Magdeburg, (Otto-von-Guericke-University, Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, and German Center for Neuro-degenerative Diseases) offer a multitude of research-dedicated MRI-scanners (Siemens Magnetom 7 Tesla, Siemens Trio, Siemens Verio, Siemens Skyra und Philips Achieva). The Institute of Psychology operates its own compute cluster for data analysis – with a current capacity of 200 CPU-cores. The lab has three Eyelink 1000-plus eye trackers (one with fMRI setup) plus two HTC VIVE VR goggles with eye-tracking capability. Magdeburg is a lively university town with a beautiful historical centre around the river Elbe and with convenient transport links to Leipzig and Berlin. The project is a collaboration with Prof. Lihui Wang, PhD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, offering the opportunity of research stays in Shanghai.
- A Ph.D., preferably with a research focus in the cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, PhD-students who have submitted their thesis may apply
- Experience with scientific Python (preferably) or Matlab-packages
- fMRI and eye-tracking experience. Knowledge of multivariate analysis methods desirable
- Lacking experience in one area may be compensated by strengths in other areas
Selection of candidates will begin after March 25.