[visionlist] 3-year PhD stipend in Experimental Psychology in Brisbane, Australia.

PhD stipend in Experimental Psychology at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Dear all,

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD stipend ($26,682 p.a. – 2017 rate) to work with A/Prof Becker in the Attention and Cognition Lab in the School of Psychology at one of the premier universities in Australia, The University of Queensland in Brisbane. The stipend is for three years.

Applicants should have an MPhil or BA (Hons.) or equivalent, in Psychology or Cognitive Science and are expected to submit their PhD thesis for examination 3-4 years after commencement.

The project centrally revolves around attention and working memory (WM), and successful applicants will be using eye tracking and EEG in experiments with human participants to find out how visual information is encoded, represented and stored in the brain. One of the central aims is to test Becker’s relational account, that visual stimuli are encoded and stored in a largely context-dependent manner (see below for relevant literature). At a later stage, the project will be extended to include non-visual information (e.g., auditory and tactile stimuli).

The successful applicant will be part of a vibrant lab group that currently consists of 4 graduate students and 3 post-docs working on related topics. The stipend holder is expected to engage actively in the research questions of the project and is expected to have a significant input in refining the underlying research questions and methods of testing. Moreover, PhD students are expected to present their results at national and international conferences. The costs for conducting the research (e.g., equipment, payment of research participants) are fully covered by a project grant. In addition, PhD students in the School of Psychology are eligible to apply for funding to support their research development and conference travel (at the moment, at a rate of up to $2,000/year). PhD students in the lab have commonly published their work (with help from the supervisor) throughout their candidature, forming part of their PhD thesis. A typical PhD thesis in the Becker lab consists of 3 or more research papers that are published or submitted for publication, together with an introduction and final discussion / conclusion section.

Applicants with experience in the field of Cognitive/Experimental Psychology and/or programming skills in Matlab/Python/Presentation or related programming languages will be preferred. The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for admission to the PhD program at The University of Queensland: for information on entry requirements please visit http://ift.tt/2gJpnmX.

Applicants should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and complete academic transcripts or similar records, and the full contact details of two referees. Applicants are also invited to include their best written work (paper or assignment) on the topic of attention (or a related topic).

Applications should be sent by email to A/Prof Stefanie Becker (s.becker@psy.uq.edu.au), by no later than January 6th, 2017. Interviews will be conducted in the second week of January, with applicants from overseas being invited to a skype interview. Applicants should be able to start work in Brisbane in April, 2017.

Relevant Literature (copies of all papers are available at http://www.sibecker.com):
Reviews:
Becker, S.I. (2014). Guidance of attention by feature relationships: The end of the road for feature map theories? In Horsley, M., Eliot, M., Riley, R., and Knight, B. (Eds.) Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research. Springer (pp. 37-49).
Becker, S.I. (2013). Why you cannot map attention. A relational theory of attention and eye movements. Australian Psychologist, 48, 389-398.
Empirical papers:
Becker, S. I. (2010). The role of target-distractor relationships in guiding attention and the eyes in visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 247-265.
Becker, S.I., Folk, C.L., & Remington, R.W. (2013). Attentional Capture does not depend on Feature Similarity, but on Target-Nontarget Relations. Psychological Science, 24, 634-647.
Schönhammer, J.G., Grubert, A., Kerzel, D., & Becker, S.I. (2016). Attentional guidance by relative features: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Psychophysiology, 53, 1074-1083.

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Dr. Stefanie I. Becker
School of Psychology
McElwain Building, Room 459
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

email: s.becker@psy.uq.edu.au
mobile: +61 449 883 870.
homepage: http://www.sibecker.com
UQ homepage: http://ift.tt/1angj00
REAL lab: http://ift.tt/1cm3xvn

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