Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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

Applications are invited for two PhD student positions in the lab of
Constantin Rothkopf at the Technical University Darmstadt. The lab
focuses 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:

Ph.D. position applicants need to have a Master's degree in cognitive
science, computer science, psychology 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:
PhD position (ref.-no. 170)

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.

Prof. Constantin A. Rothkopf, PhD
Technical University Darmstadt & FIAS
phone: +49 6151 16-76084
fax: +49 6151 16-6943
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