[FieldTrip] Postdoctoral position in cognitive neuroscience at UCSD: Human perception of humanoid robots

Ayse Pinar Saygin asaygin at ucsd.edu
Thu Jun 14 02:43:16 CEST 2012

Postdoctoral position in cognitive neuroscience at UCSD: Human
perception of humanoid robots

We are seeking a motivated and creative postdoctoral research
associate to join the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab
at the University of California, San Diego (http://www.sayginlab.org).
Our lab studies the perception of socially-relevant stimuli such as
bodies, actions, and biological motion using psychophysical,
neuroimaging, neuropsychological and brain stimulation studies. The
current position is part of an interdisciplinary research program
exploring the perception of body movements of not only humans, but
also of humanoid robots. The position requires experience with EEG,
including both ERP and time/frequency approaches, as well as strong
analytical and programming abilities.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in cognitive science,
neuroscience, computer science, psychology, engineering or related
discipline, and a strong interest in the research foci of the lab.
Substantial experience with EEG is essential, and experience with
Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) is highly desirable. Proficiency in
programming (preferably but not necessarily in Matlab) is essential;
experience with machine learning is highly desirable. Interest in and
experience with other methods our lab uses (e.g., structural and
functional neuroimaging, brain stimulation) is desirable but not
required. Candidates should have excellent written and oral
communication skills and a commitment to efficient publication of
research results.

San Diego is home to an outstanding cognitive science and neuroscience
community, which includes UCSD, Salk Institute, Institute for Neural
Computation (INC), Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience
(SCCN), Center for Research in Language (CRL), and Kavli Institute for
Brain and Mind (KIBM). The successful candidate will work with a
lively and interdisciplinary group of researchers and students. EEG
collaborators include Prof. Marta Kutas, INC, SCCN, and local industry
partners; robotics collaborator is Prof. Ishiguro from Osaka
University. More information can be found on our website at

The position is initially available for two years, the second year
contingent on satisfactory progress. Extension beyond two years may be
possible. The target start date is Summer 2012 or possibly early Fall.
Interested candidates, please email Ayse P. Saygin at
asaygin at ucsd.edu, with a cover letter describing past research
experience and current interests, a CV including list of publications
(in pdf format), and names and contact information for 3 individuals
who can provide a recommendation letter. Please also indicate US
citizenship/residence status in your letter.

A.P. Saygin

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