[visionlist] PhD position in vision and neuroimaging

PhD position: Visual processing in the human brain


Applicants are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre and the School of Psychology (Cardiff
University), jointly supervised Dr Christoph Teufel and Prof. Krish Singh. The studentships will commence in October 2017.


Application deadline: 28 February 2017.


For details and information on how to apply, please click on one of the links below, or contact teufelc@cardiff.ac.uk or singhkd@cardiff.ac.uk



The project

Neuronal representations
underlying our visual experience are generated by a combination of bottom-up sensory inputs and top-down influences such as expectation and prior knowledge. In the human visual system, bottom-up and top-down processing is associated with different cortical
layers and different frequency channels. Using a combination of psychophysics, modelling, and neuroimaging, this PhD project will focus on how the brain combines bottom-up and top-down signals to organise ambiguous sensory input into coherent visual percepts.The
project will primarily use psychophysics and MEG, potentially in combination with functional and structural MRI. The focus will be on visual function in the healthy brain but results might ultimately have implications for our understanding of visual deficits
in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr Christoph Teufel and Prof. Krish Singh. They will be part of a world-class research community in cognitive
neuroscience and MR applications and will have access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging research facilities, including 3T and 7T MRI scanners, a purpose-built microstructural scanner, and EEG/MEG testing labs (see

For further information, please contact
teufelc@cardiff.ac.uk or


The successful candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and innovative individual with an excellent degree in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or physics/engineering/computer science.
Some research experience in methods from cognitive neuroscience/experimental psychology/psychophysics and programming skills (e.g., C/Java/Matlab/Python) are desirable but not essential as long as you have the enthusiasm and aptitude to learn.


You will:

receive a full scholarship covering your tuition fees and maintenance, as well as research costs and conference funding

–        receive training in neuroimaging techniques (MEG and potentially fMRI),
psychophysics, and modelling

–        have access to one of the world’s best neuroimaging, psychophysics,
and perception research facilities

be part of a world-class research community in cognitive neuroscience/vision science

About us

We are based at
the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (http://ift.tt/29OySD3)
and the School of Psychology (http://psych.cf.ac.uk/).
The School of Psychology at Cardiff is one of the largest and strongest in the UK. In the 2014 research excellence framework, Cardiff was one of the UK’s top three universities for its world-leading
research in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. The newly opened imaging centre is one of the largest
and technologically most advanced in the Europe.The
School has state-of-the art testing facilities, a world-class community of cognitive neuroscience/vision researchers and a thriving postgraduate research group.


Christoph Teufel
School of Psychology
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Cardiff University
70 Park Place
CF10 3AT

Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 5372

Christoph Teufel
Yr Ysgol Seicoleg
Coleg y Gwyddorau Biofeddygol a Bywyd
Prifysgol Caerdydd 
70 Plas-y-Parc
CF10 3AT

Ffôn : +44 (0)29 2087 5372



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