Vacancy: Postdoc ERC project ‘HOMEOSTASIS: The dynamics of visual working memory’

Postdoc in Psychology - ERC project 'HOMEOSTASIS: The dynamics of visual working memory' (1.0 FTE)

A three-year postdoc position will be available at Attentionlab! You will work directly with Stefan van der Stigchel, head of the lab, principal investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator project HOMEOSTASIS and Professor in Cognitive Psychology at Utrecht University. 

The postdoc position is part of the project 'HOMEOSTASIS: The dynamics of visual working memory' that is motivated by the idea that visual working memory (VWM) should be studied in interaction with the world that is still within view. The known limitation of VWM might not be a problem in daily life, becasue the external world typically remains available and can be accessed relatively easily. It is currently unknown how the brain balances between internal storage and external sampling of the world. 

HOMEOSTASIS will develop a new theoretical model of WM based on an internal mental economy in which VWM maintains a perceptual homeostasis by dynamically trading the costs of accurate internal storage against external sampling of the external visual world.

For one of the work packages, we are looking for a post-doc with a background in EEG recordings and decoding. Using EEG, we will investigate whether the internalized features are determined by the outcome of the trade-off between internal storage and external sampling. You will become a part of our Attentionlab in which a group of post-docs and Phd students are working on the same project.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a three-year position. You will be responsible for managing the piloting, designing and analysis of EEG experiments on visual working memory. You will also co-supervise a PhD student working on related topics. In addition to individual work, you will contribute to regular project team meetings, joint conference presentations and academic publications. 

Interested? Take a look at the Utrecht University page of the job to find out more.