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Early stage researcher/PhD position in a European Training Network project - the dynamics of visual perception and its neuronal correlates

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The project is part of a European Training Network (ETN) with altogether 11 projects on cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research in visual, visual-haptic perception, their neuronal correlates and computer rendering. See for details about the consortium.

The project in Bilkent University will be conducted under the primary supervision of Huseyin Boyaci. Broadly defined, the project focuses on the dynamics of visual perception and its neuronal correlates. The successful candidate will utilize behavioral experiments, neuroimaging (fMRI and possibly EEG), and computational modeling. This project also emphasizes developing and testing advanced fMRI techniques to determine the temporal dynamics of neuronal activity using functional and effective connectivity measures.

The ETN scheme offers unique opportunities for training and international networking. Within the scheme there will be regular network meetings and workshops. Consortium members, as well as internationally renown invited speakers will give talks and lectures in these intensive meetings. The scheme also requires secondments (research visits of about 2 months) in other host labs to promote collaboration and networking.


The candidate should have strong analytical and computational skills, and be enthusiastic about conducting visual neuroscience research. Experience with at least one of visual behavioral experimentation, fMRI, and computational modeling of neural systems is required. The candidate is expected to be a critical thinker, feel comfortable to work independently (i.e. from the supervisor), and in groups (i.e. with his/her peers).


Benefits include an EU-level generous living allowance, travel allowance and family (partner, children) allowance. The ESR will have the option to live in an in-campuss flat, and will have social/health insurance coverage. The successful ESR will be enrolled in a PhD program in Bilkent University.

Bilkent University and the Research Facilities

Bilkent is a young, and dynamic research University with a high ratio of international faculty and students (see The University has child care facilities, International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, health care and sports facilities.

The project will be carried out in A.S. Brain Research Center, and National Magnetic Resonance Research Center in the campus (see The center currently houses 1.5T and 3T MR scanners, (a new 7T scanner planned), EEG facility, psychophysics labs, and student space. The profile of researchers in the center is highly interdisciplinary: electrical and electronics engineering groups work on developing new MR hardware and software; medical doctors work on clinical cases; genetics groups work on gene-brain relation and rare diseases; and several groups work on various aspects of human visual perception. Other principle investigators in vision include Katja Doerschner, Hulusi Kafaligonul, Burcu Urgen, and Tolga Cukur.

How to apply

Please send a CV, and cover letter for initial screening to

Selection process

The applications will be reviewed immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate is expected to start in Fall 2018.

For more information and informal inquires please send a message to

Funding Notes

Conditions and eligibility

The Early stage researcher (ESR) candidate should be a postgraduate researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research activity, including the period of research training, who has not been awarded a doctoral degree. The candidate must not have lived in Turkey for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (Turkish citizens are OK, as long as they fulfill this requirement).

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