Determinants of Information selection during vision
A fully funded PhD studentship is available to start in September 2020 supervised by Dr Isabelle Mareschal and co-supervised by Professor Peter Bex (Northeastern University, USA), Dr Antoine Coutrot (Nantes, France) and Dr Olivier LeMeur (IRISA, Rennes, France).
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). We offer a multi-disciplinary research environment and have approximately 160 PhD students working on projects in the biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Our students have access to a variety of research facilities supported by experienced staff including fully equipped EEG and eye tracking labs, as well as a range of student support services.
Training and Development
Our PhD students become part of Queen Mary’s Doctoral College which provides training and development opportunities, advice on funding, and financial support for research. Our students also have access to a Researcher Development Programme designed to help recognise and develop key skills and attributes needed to effectively manage research, and to prepare and plan for the next stages of their career.
In order to generate an understanding of the world, we sequentially allocate our attention within the environment by rapidly moving our eyes to bring different objects onto our high-resolution fovea. The patterns of these eye-movements are guided by the visual salience of objects around us (how much they “stand out” from their surroundings), and dynamic cognitive processes linked to the task at hand (for example, whether we’re searching for a particular object). Eye movements therefore provide an exceptionally rich and high-resolution spatiotemporal record of the cognitive processes that guide our behaviour. The aim of this project is to develop tools to understand what draws people’s eye movements in scenes. The successful PhD student will join an international multi-disciplinary team and will work closely with the postdoctoral researcher with opportunities for cross site visits during the PhD.
[Eligibility and Applying
Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with or expecting to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an area relevant to the project (Psychology, Biology or Computer Science). A masters degree is desirable, but not essential. The student will ideally have experience using Matlab (Psychtoolbox or PsychoPy), or other programming languages.
Applicants from outside of the UK are required to provide evidence of their English language ability. Please see our English language requirements page for details: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/postgraduateresearch/
For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Isabelle Mareschal ([Email Address Removed]). Formal applications should be submitted online by the stated deadline.
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is committed to promoting diversity in science; we have been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award. We positively welcome applications from underrepresented groups.
This studentship is open to UK/EU applicants and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. It will cover tuition fees, and provide an annual tax-free maintenance allowance for 3 years at the Research Council rate (£17,285 in 2020/21).
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