Postdoctoral Project: Perceptual stability in active observers: Psychophysics and Modeling

Principal Investigators

Description of the research project

This project aims at the implementation of perceptual stability, a fundamental aspect of sensorimotor intelligence. The postdoctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with colleagues and PIs from perceptual psychology and systems and control theory. We will investigate the dynamic interplay of visual, non-visual sensory, and motor information in active vision. To achieve an understanding of perceptual stability on an algorithmic level, we will devise and implement closed-loop control sensorimotor models that exhibit the characteristics of biological perceptual and motor systems. We will combine state-of-theart psychophysical techniques with eye and motion tracking to gather data that critically evaluate these models’ predictions.

Application procedure

Applications should include: motivation letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts of records (for both BSc and MSc + doctoral degree if applicaple), copies of degree certificates (BSc, MSc), abstracts of Bachelor-, Master-thesis, e.g. doctoral thesis, list of publications and one selected manuscript (if applicable), two names of qualified persons who are willing to provide references, and any documents candidates feel may help us assess their competence.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Applications are also expressly welcomed from suitably qualified persons seeking to be entered as “gender diverse” in the public register. The HU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.


Applicants must hold a PhD in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or related fields at the time of the project start.

Skills in the following domains are required:

  • Demonstrable interest in sensorimotor control and vision science
  • Expertise in psychophysics, eye tracking and motion tracking
  • Demonstrable interest in sensorimotor control and vision science
  • Experience in computational modeling
  • Advanced programming skills in Matlab / Python / C / R for experimental control, data analysis, and modeling
  • Willingness to engage in close collaboration with colleagues in control engineering / cybernetics
  • Very good command of the English language (spoken and written)

Skills in the following domains are desired:

  • Experience in systems and control theory

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