A Postdoc position is available at the Laboratory of Psychology of Perception, Paris Descartes University (Paris, France) to work with Kevin O'Regan within his ERC Advanced project "FEEL". The research is essentially multidisciplinary involving mathematical modelling/computer science, perceptual psychophysics, developmental psychology/developmental robotics, and philosophy.
The research will address the question of how abstract notions - space, body, object, etc - can emerge in naive agents (biological organisms or robots) from undifferentiated sensory inputs. The sensorimotor theory suggests that these notions reflect invariants in the sensorimotor flow and allow for efficient information processing. The research will be mostly abstract and computational, but may also imply collaboration with roboticists, psychologists and philosophers. For better understanding refer to the WP2 of the ERC proposal available from: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/869531/ERC-FEEL.pdf
The Laboratory of Psychology of Perception has about 25 permanent researchers and 75 doctoral and postdoctoral students working on different aspects of perception in infants and adults, including modeling of perceptual processes. It is in the centre of the latin quarter in Paris, and is part of the Institute for Neuroscience and Cognition of Paris Descartes University which groups together several neuroscience laboratories.
French language is not a requirement. Appointments will be for one year, renewable once, starting as soon as possible or until the positions are filled. Net salary is determined by French university standards and experience.
Please send a CV and a short motivation letter, specifying availability to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of December 2013.
Project Website: http://lpp.psycho.univ-paris5.fr/feel/
Lab website: http://lpp.psycho.univ-paris5.fr/