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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Applications are being welcomed for a 0.5 FTE (18.5 hours a week) Research Trainee role in Psychology at the University of York.  The successful candidate will work with Dr Daniel Kaiser on his research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The role holder will also be undertaking a PhD in the Department of Psychology under the supervision of Dr Daniel Kaiser.  The position is available for 3 years and starts on 23rd September 2019, and candidates will receive a fee waiver. This position is open to UK and EU applicants only.

You will have a 2.1 or above BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree in Psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, or a related discipline as well as a solid understanding of statistical methods and relevant health and safety practices. You will possess excellent communications skills and be highly motivated.

This research project focuses on how the natural scene structure contributes to efficient scene and object perception. A key question therein concerns how the typical arrangements of objects across a scene (e.g., the typical arrangement of objects across our office workspace) allows the visual system to represent multiple simultaneous objects in smart ways.

To answer this question, the project will use a variety of research methods, including experimental psychophysics, EEG recordings, fMRI-based neuroimaging, and deep neural network modeling. By combining these methods, it aims at a multi-faceted characterization of how the visual brain represents visual content, such as objects and scenes in accordance with real-world statistics.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the research project, i.e. for designing experiments, conducting behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, data analysis, and dissemination of results.

Over the course of their PhD, the candidate is encouraged to contribute to the research program by formulating complementary research questions that he or she can pursue in addition to the proposed project.


Please contact Dr Daniel Kaiser for any enquiries,


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