Thursday, July 18, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Postdoc and PhD student positions in naturalistic visuomotor behavior

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position and for
a PhD student position in the lab of Constantin Rothkopf at the
Technical University Darmstadt. The newly founded lab will focus on
experimental and computational approaches to further the understanding
of naturalistic, sequential visuomotor behavior in humans. Current
topics include:
- statistics of visuomotor behavior in naturalistic tasks,
- image statistics in natural visuomotor behavior,
- inverse-optimal-control models of human locomotion behavior,
- optimal control models of interception behavior,
- credit assignment in modular reinforcement learning models,
- eye-movements in naturalistic tasks.
For further information refer to the website:

We offer research facilities for mobile eye-tracking with concurrent
motion-tracking in the psychology department and a virtual reality lab
with head-mounted display, integrated eye-tracking, posture tracking,
and hand posture tracking with additional vibrotactile feedback in
conjunction with the computer science department. The lab has currently
several ties to the Frankfurt neuroscience and cognitive science
community (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Max Planck
Institute for Brain Research, Ernst Strüngmann Institute), and several
collaborations with labs in Europe and the US, which contributes to the
interdisciplinary research environment. The Technical University
Darmstadt is among the leading Universities in Germany in several
research areas, e.g. the computer science department consistently ranks
among the top 5.

Postdoc applicants need to have a Ph.D. while Ph.D. position applicants
need to have a Master's degree. The degree may be in cognitive science,
psychology, computer science or related fields. In addition to a general
interest in experimental psychology, cognitive science, computational
science, and interdisciplinary research, the ideal candidate has a
background in eye-tracking or virtual reality technology. Experience
with programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++) is inevitable. Analytical
aptitude as well as awareness of experimental literature is expected.

Informal inquiries may be made to Constantin Rothkopf at In your application please include
a brief (max. 2 pages) cover letter explaining your research interests,
what you are looking for in a PhD, why you would like to study in the
lab, your longer term career goals, and contact information for 2-3
references. Applications may be submitted to the Dean of the Department
of Human Sciences of the Technical University Darmstadt, Alexanderstraße
10, 64283 Darmstadt, in electronic form as a single pdf document via
e-mail at:
More details are available at the following webpages:
Postdoc position (ref.-no. 263):
PhD position (ref.-no. 264):

Closing date of applications: September 1st, 2013

The Technical University Darmstadt strives for an increase in the number
of women in academic employment. Women are therefore especially
encouraged to apply and will be preferentially considered under the
condition of equal qualification. Disabled candidates are given
preference under the provision of equal qualification.
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