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Utrecht University offers Postdoctoral Position in Physics and Cognitive Science, Netherlands

Postdoctoral Position in Physics and cognitive science: psychophysics of the hand at Utrecht University, Netherlands

Study Subject(s):Physics and cognitive science: psychophysics of the hand
Course Level:Postdoctoral
Scholarship Provider: Utrecht University, Netherlands
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands

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Doctorate and proven record of publications. We ask for a background in (experimental) physics, (biomedical) engineering, technical sciences or a related degree with interest in experimental psychology. Candidates are expected to disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences and European project meetings.

Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Scholarship Description: In a large European research project, we investigate perception by touch. By learning from human data and hypotheses-driven simulations of system architectures for the “hand” as a cognitive organ, the ultimate goal of the European project is to design and control new and improved robot hands, haptic interfaces, and hand prostheses. Major topics in our project are feature saliency, perceptual integration and the study of exploratory procedures. Touch is an important but relatively unknown modality. The aim of the proposed research is to gain fundamental understanding of touch by means of a systematic and extensive exploration. The approach will be characterized by a combination of physics and perception research. The work will consist of designing new set-ups, running (psychophysical) experiments, analysing and modelling the data. With this research we will gain insight into underlying neurocognitive processes by testing novel hypotheses and by placing new and existing data in a theoretical framework. The work will be done in collaboration with our European partners.

How to Apply: Online

Scholarship Application Deadline: 10/10/2011

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