28/06/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science 4 Refugees

PhD position in Translational Vision Science

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    Computer scienceModelling tools
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    Medical sciencesOther
    NeurosciencesNeuropsychology
    PhysicsOptics
    Psychological sciencesCognitive science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/07/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Magdeburg
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    955590

OFFER DESCRIPTION

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.

 

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Benefits

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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Selection process

Application, online-interview, essay, scientific presentation

 

Additional comments

References

[1] 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.

Curr Biol. 28:1108-1115

[2] 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

[3] Al Nosairy K, Hoffmann MB, Bach M (2021)

Non-invasive electrophysiology in glaucoma, structure and function - a review.

Eye (in press)

Employment conditions

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

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Neurosciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Medical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

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.

Specific Requirements

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

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
Magdeburg
39106
UNIVERSITAETSPLATZ 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 657719

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