RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences › Biological engineeringComputer science › Modelling toolsEngineering › Biomedical engineeringMedical sciences › OtherNeurosciences › NeuropsychologyPhysics › OpticsPsychological sciences › Cognitive science
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)Recognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/07/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONGermany › Magdeburg
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER955590
Are you, like us, fascinated by vision, the brain and technology and consider it important to help visually impaired people? Do you have an inquisitive mind, and are you looking for a PhD position embedded in an international innovative training network in which you can develop your research, technical or clinical skills? Then consider applying for our PhD job opening with the European MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE innovative training network OptiVisT (European Training and Research Program in Translational Vision Science to ensure Optimal support of Visually Impaired Individuals through Tests and Tools of Functional Vision), which comprises a pan-European network training 15 PhD students.
Mobility can be critically affected in patients with eye diseases. Consequently, there is a great need for tools to determine the effect of visual impairment on functional vision during daily locomotion. Such tools will help to gain a basic understanding of the far-reaching consequences of eye diseases and they will help to come up with solutions to tackle everyday life challenges in the affected individuals. Our project aims to develop, validate and apply approaches for novel visual function testing via navigation tasks in an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment to establish a link between mobility and visual impairment.
The project is run by the Visual Processing Laboratory at the Ophthalmic Department of the Otto-von-Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany) known for its large, vibrant neuroscience community. As part of an enthusiastic interdisciplinary research team supervised by Prof. M.B. Hoffmann, you will benefit from the wide academic exchange in national and international scientific networks, including secondments to academic and industrial partners in DK and NL. Magdeburg is a lively university town with a historical centre around the river Elbe and with convenient transport links to Leipzig and Berlin.
OptiVisT is supported by a MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE grant which requires transnational mobility. Therefore, to be eligible for a PhD position, you cannot have resided or carried out your main activity in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months during the previous 36 months. Furthermore, we can only recruit Early-Stage Researchers who, at the time of recruitment, will be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Please keep this in mind when applying.
Application, online-interview, essay, scientific presentation
 Stangl M, Achtzehn J, Huber K, Dietrich C, Tempelmann C, Wolbers T (2018) Compromised Grid-Cell-like Representations in Old Age as a Key Mechanism to Explain Age-Related Navigational Deficits.
 Eick C, Ahmadi K, Sweeney-Reed C, Hoffmann MB (2019) Interocular transfer of visual memory - influence of visual impairment and abnormalities of the optic chiasm. Neuropsychologia 129:171-178
 Al Nosairy K, Hoffmann MB, Bach M (2021)
Non-invasive electrophysiology in glaucoma, structure and function - a review.
The PhD project will start between August and November 2021, with some flexibility to negotiate the exact starting date. As the recruiting party, we honor EU and national employment laws in relation to researcher recruitment and ensure that you will have the same rights, health and safety standards as local researchers.
How to apply
If you are interested in this PhD position, visit our website (www.optivist.eu) for more information on our application procedures. The deadline for applying for this project is July 31st, 2021.
Web site for additional job details
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELBiological sciences: Master Degree or equivalentComputer science: Master Degree or equivalentEngineering: Master Degree or equivalentNeurosciences: Master Degree or equivalentMedical sciences: Master Degree or equivalentPsychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalentPhysics: Master Degree or equivalent
Candidates with a background in vision science, neuroscience, neuroimaging, experimental psychology, ophthalmology, biology, physiology, physics, or related areas are invited to apply. The successful applicant is exceptionally motivated to pursue a career in neuroscience, has strong programming skills (e.g. R, Unity, Python, MatLab) and experience in quantitative neuroscience and systematic data-acquisition preferably in humans. We offer soft-skills and project-specific expert training including immersive VR, pathology-related function testing in ophthalmology, and vision science.
The candidates we are looking for should:
1. Have a strong interest in vision (psychophysics, eye-tracking, VR, non-invasive electrophysiology, neurological and ophthalmic disorders), computational approaches to vision science, deep learning and/or biologically motivated computer vision.
2. Be passionate about doing research and have or be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public.
3. Have relevant skills and experiences, and a strong interest in both theoretical and applied science.
4. Welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and to work within an international and multidisciplinary team.
5. Hold a MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (which can be, but is not limited to, biology, experimental and clinical psychology, medicine, physics, movement sciences, artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics).
6. Be an eligible candidate according to the eligibility conditions indicated below and on the website
EURAXESS offer ID: 657719
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