[visionlist] PhD position – Learning from the masters: understanding material perception through material depiction

-apologies for cross posting

Application deadline 15 June 2017


This post relates to a second PhD position I have available for a project where we will investigate how artists depict/render/visualise material properties. 

Job description

The (fully funded) PhD position is linked to the NWO-Vidi project ‘Visual communication of material properties’ lead by Maarten Wijntjes. In this project, we will investigate how artists represent material
properties in various forms of pictorial communication (e.g. painting, drawing and photography). We will investigate this through developing an annotated database of material depictions. The PhD candidate will contribute to collecting perceptual judgements
of depicted materials through crowdsourcing. Specifically, the candidate will investigate the relation between perceived material properties and images cues. Furthermore, a relation is sought between image cues and artistic practices that lead to effective
communications of material properties. 

There is some space within the project to emphasize either a psychological, computational or art historical component, although all three should be present.


First, and foremost, we are looking for a curious and analytical personality who is (or will be after reading this ad) as intrigued by visual perception as we are. Applicants should have a recent MSc degree
in (experimental) physics, experimental psychology, computer science, industrial design, or a similar field. We will also consider candidates with an art historical background who have a strong (and demonstrable) interest in empirical (perception) research.

Other requirements are: social skills, teamwork skills, experimental research experience, mathematical skills (e.g. calculus at the bachelor’s level), good scientific writing skills in English and good
(English) verbal communication.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International
Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a
mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit
http://ift.tt/21nU7KV for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Maarten Wijntjes, e-mail:
m.w.a.wijntjes@tudelft.nl. To apply send a letter of application, a detailed CV, one recent academic publication (or master’s thesis), a statement of research interests (concerning this project) and the
affiliations and contact information of two people who could furnish a letter of reference. Please e-mail your application by 15 June 2017 to:

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0731.


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