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The independent research group Vision and Computational Cognition (led by Dr Martin Hebart) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain
Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for a
Our research group seeks to understand how humans recognize and categorize visually-perceived objects. Towards this goal, we use a wide range of behavioral and
neuroimaging methods, including visual psychophysics, online crowdsourcing, functional MRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG). The emphasis lies on identifying and characterizing
reproducible and interpretable behavioral and brain activity patterns that serve as a basis for our understanding of mental and neural representations of objects. In particular:
we collect and analyze large behavioral and neuroimaging datasets with naturalistic stimuli and tasks (thousands to millions of data points),
we complement traditional data analysis with supervised and unsupervised machine-learning methods and multivariate pattern analysis (encoding, decoding, RSA),
we develop and apply computational modeling approaches of object recognition and categorization, including deep convolutional neural networks and semantic embeddings.
The successful applicant will have a passion for visual and cognitive neuroscience, with good analytical and quantitative skills, and the ability to work
both independently and as part of a team. Candidates are expected to have experience in the analysis of behavioral or neuroimaging data (e. g. fMRI, MEG, or EEG) and have
good programming skills in Python, Matlab, or R. Experience with machine-learning methods (e. g. Scikit-Learn, PyTorch, TensorFlow), data / code sharing platforms (e.g. GitHub,
The Max Planck Institute is equipped with excellent research facilities (several Siemens 3T and 7T MRI scanners, 306-channel MEG, EEG, virtual reality, eye-tracking)
and dedicated support staff. The research group will host dedicated high-performance compute clusters. The institute offers a vibrant and engaging community of international researchers.
The working language is English. Leipzig has been called “Germany's new cultural hot spot“ (The Guardian) and is located just a little over an hour south of Berlin.
The expected starting date is flexible but no earlier than February 1st, 2020. The position is funded for three years, with the possibility of an extension for an additional year.
Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. Female and international applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing
the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
To apply, please submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal statement, contact information of up to three referees, academic certificates and
publications or other written documents that illustrate your suitability. Please submit your application via
http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (subject heading: "PhD 14/19").
All applications received by November 15th, 2019 will be considered.
In case of questions, please contact
Martin Hebart at