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The lab on Computational Cognitive Science at the University of Stuttgart, led by Benedikt Ehinger is looking for two PhD students working on the connection of EEG and Eye-Tracking, and methods development.

The lab will focus on research on visual processing, especially on the interaction of eye-movements, EEG and the visual system. We will develop new methods for EEG analysis and start a journey towards VR/mobile EEG.

What we offer

  • A 100% TVL-13 position (calculate your monthly income here, increases after one year and after three years) for 3.5 years
  • A small lab with direct supervision
  • An “extended” lab with Andreas Bulling (e.g. we hold group meetings together)
  • High scientific rigor
  • Family-friendly and all-welcoming lab athmosphere
  • Travel money to at least 1 large conference and one summer school/year (depends on actual costs and the actual budget available, but this is what we plan/aim for)
  • Childcare budget for conferences
  • Flexibility for own projects (a plan exists, but we can deviate based on your own ideas)
  • Flexibility for a summerstay/internship in another lab (in Germany or abroad)
  • After 2 years: An honest discussion whether and how to prepare for academia or industry in the remaining time
  • Contact to supervised students
  • Some cool equipment relating to VR, 3D printing, motion tracking etc.
  • Flexible starting date, September at the earliest (please indicate in your cover letter when you would like to start)

What we expect

This is a list of what you *should* offer, but there is no need to offer all of those skills – there is lot of time to learn them during your PhD 

  • A genuine interest in scientific advances
  • Scientific integrity, confidence to question authority (as “science is the belief in the ignorance of experts”), and the ability to stand up for good science
  • Basic coding skills (Julia/Python/R/Matlab preferred over C/C++/Java etc.) – we will improve those in your PhD!
  • Best case: Timeseries data-analysis experience (EEG, Eye-Tracking preferred over SCR, fMRI, fNIRS etc.)
  • Best case: Statistic skills (knowledge of multiple regression & mixed models is a plus!)
  • Background in neuroscience, cognitive science, statistics or related field
  • You should be prepared to do some teaching (~1 course/semester) and potentially some BSc/MSc supervision
  • Excellent command of English in writing and speach. German is not required, but a plus if working with participants
  • Being kind and open

How to apply

  • You apply with
    • CV
    • Transcript
    • Master’s thesis (when the thesis is not completed yet, please send us another relevant and recent report/paper/essay and tell us when you will finish your thesis)
    • Link to code example (e.g. github link to an analysis you have done, a program you wrote, a pull-request you made)
    • Short cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Please send PDFs (e.g. lastname_cv.pdf, lastname_transcript.pdf) in a single email to phd@benediktehinger.de. Please indicate starting date and which position (“Physiology,” “Analysis,” or both) you’d like to apply for

Deadline: August 15, 2020

  • If we see you as a potential candidate, we will schedule a jitsi online interview
  • We might require a small coding challenge (depending on how illuminating the provided code examples are)
  • After some time, we will decide for a shortlist and invite you back for a presentation on your thesis-topic
  • If all goes well, we will start a journey together 


Position “Physiology”

We will be looking into modelling of EEG activity from eye-movement related parameters (extending on https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/735530v2). Additionally we will combine model-based analyses with EEG data. If you have interests and experience with Eye-Tracking, EEG, data collection, multiple regression analysis, then these skills are certainly helpful for this position.

Position “Analysis”

We will push the multiple regression framework, which is gaining much traction lately (“unfold toolbox” https://peerj.com/articles/7838/), to the next level. If you have interests and experience in EEG data analysis, multiple regression, GAMs, statistics, mixed models, then these skills are certainly helpful for this position

The physiology position will focus on the application of methods, while the analysis position will focus on the development of methods.

The projects will be in collaboration with other senior researchers e.g. Andreas Bulling (Stuttgart) or Olaf Dimigen (Berlin).

Applications by women are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Information on how the university protects personal data in accordance with Article 13 of the GDPR can be found via the following link: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/privacy-notice/job-application/.

The Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) and the Visualization Research Center (VISUS) of the University of Stuttgart, Germany invite applications for positions for

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers

in Visual Analytics and Scientific Visualization in the following areas and projects:

  1. Visualization of Droplet Liquid Interaction (PhD)
    as part of the International Research Training Group DROPIT

  2. Quantifying Visual Computing Systems (PhD)
    as part of the Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 161

  3. Flow Visualization (Postdoc)
    performing independent research supporting our projects in multi-phase flow visualization in the context of the Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 75 “Droplet Dynamics Under Extreme Ambient Conditions” and the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 “Data-integrated Simulation Science”

VIS and VISUS are vibrant places for internationally recognized research in visualization, visual analytics, VR&AR, computer vision and HCI offering great opportunities for discussion and collaboration with many other researchers in a wide range of disciplines in an excellent technically-oriented university. The city of Stuttgart and its vicinity are well-known for providing an attractive, diverse, and open environment for work and live close to cultural highlights and recreational offers.

Applicants should have completed a M.Sc. (or a PhD in case of the Postdoc positions) or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely related discipline with very good results. We expect previous experience in visual analytics, visualization, computer graphics, or visual computing - ideally, also in the research areas of the projects listed above – as well as excellent programming skills and a high level of proficiency in both spoken and written English. Applicants will be offered a 3-year contract as full-time research assistant (TV-L 13) in the VIS or VISUS groups under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Ertl (Thomas.Ertl@vis.uni-stuttgart.de).

Please send your application (cover letter, academic CV, letter of motivation indicating your favorite project(s), degree certificates and transcripts of records from Bachelor/Master, names of potential academic referees) in a single PDF file (up to 10 MB) to jobs@visus.uni-stuttgart.de. We will be starting evaluating the applications on October 7th, 2019. The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications by women are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Information on how the university protects personal data in accordance with Article 13 of the GDPR can be found via the following link: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/privacy-notice/job-application/.

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