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Vrije, Netherlands 2022- Postdoc Job in Attention and Statistical Learning

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Vrije University, Netherlands offers Postdoc Job in Attention and Statistical Learning at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences.


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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: €2,836 to €5,922/month

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • a PhD in the field of cognition (cognitive psychology, experimental psychology,cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence or closely related discipline
  • Extensive research training and experience in cognitive experimenting and modeling
  • A background in attention, and/or statistical learning research is desirable
  • Experience with specifically EEG, eye tracking, fMRI or other advanced techniques is desirable
  • Excellent programming and data analysis skills
  • Demonstrated to be able to publish quality scientific papers
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Be able to start spring 2022

Responsibilities/Job Description

A Postdoc (1.0 fte) position for three years is available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The position is funded by an ERC advanced grant  “What to expect when you are not expecting it: How implicit regularities drive attentional selection” (LEARNATTEND). The postdoc will work closely with Jan Theeuwes and the other members of his ERC group (see https://www.theeuweslab.com/).

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About the Project

The proposed research program investigates the mechanisms underlying visual statistical learning (VSL), focusing on how, when and what information is extracted by the visual system and how this affects attentional selection processes. We seek to understand under what circumstances learning takes place, and how this affects attentional representations within putative priority maps across the visual hierarchy. The approach will use behavioral techniques of measuring the attentional selection, as well as eye tracking and EEG decoding techniques. In collaboration with the Spinoza Center Amsterdam, there is the opportunity to conduct fMRI experiments.

About the Department

The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

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A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10)and a maximum €5,922 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.The appointment will be for 3 years.Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • discounts on collective insurances, healthcare- and car insurance

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:Name: Jan TheeuwesE-mail: [email protected]

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