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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 strong interest in the analysis of large-scale neuroimaging datasets using encoding models and machine-learning methods.
Candidates are expected to have considerable experience in the analysis of neuroimaging data, strong programming skills in Python or Matlab, and a solid understanding of inferential
statistics. Experience with machine-learning methods and related tools (e. g. Scikit-Learn, PyTorch / TensorFlow) and data / code sharing platforms (e. g. GitHub, Docker) are considered
a plus. Candidates are expected to have a PhD in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field.
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 initially for two years, with the possibility of an extension for up to
three additional years. 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 three prior
publications or other written documents that illustrate your suitability. Please submit your application via our online system at
http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (subject heading: "PD 15/19"). The position will remain open until it has been filled.
All applications received by November 15th, 2019 will be considered.
In case of questions, please contact
Martin Hebart at