The University of Vienna (19 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.600 members of staff, about 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 15.07.2018 of a
Reference number: 8686
The laboratory of the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the Faculty of Psychology (Prof. Ansorge, Prof. Lamm and Prof. Leder) are currently seeking to fill the position of a Senior Scientist (post-doc).
The holder of the position will be in charge of the technical and scientific supervision of the experimental psychology and (biological) neuroscientific laboratory of the department.
The position requires the technical maintenance of the devices (currently Eye tracking, EEG, TMS, tDCS, EMG, fNIRS) and the administration of the respective licenses and software of the lab employees (Prof. Ansorge, Prof. Lamm and Prof. Leder).
Additional requirements are the developing of software and hardware solutions for signal analysis and experimental control, participation in joint research activities, as well as independent research activities corresponding to the research areas of the department laboratory. Holding classes due to extent regulations of wage agreement.
The candidate must have profound programming skills and dispose of technical knowledge (electronic engineering and hardware developing). The candidate is also required to have substantial expertise in the area of experimental psychology (this includes experimental design, data analysis and statistic) and in one of the of the mentioned research methods. The positon is permanent and to be filled as soon as possible (at the latest by July 15, 2018).
Extent of Employment: 40.0 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.
Areas of work: (1) Participation in research and teaching – active participation in the research of at least one of the existing research areas (experimental and empirical) of the department (i.e. social-emotional cognition, empirical aesthetics and visual perception), publishing of research results and participation in the acquisition of external/third party funding;
(2) Administration of user rights and licenses regarding the software used in the laboratory and associated work places;
(3) Maintenance, ordering and organization of repair orders for the hardware equipment of the laboratory and participation in the prospective and demand-based planning of the hard- and software equipment of the laboratory;
(4) Creation of programs intended for the control of behavioral experiments and evaluation and modeling of the collected data, including psychophysical and physiological data (EDA, EEG, TMS, MRI/fMRI); (5) Designing and setting up of electronical devices for the control of behavioral experiments (button boxes, display, signal converter, microcontroller circuits etc…); (6) Educating and training of the laboratory co-workers including young researchers; (7) Developing (or supervision of external developing) of software solutions (generally the adaption of existing modules in Matlab or similar programming languages ) for signal analysis or experimental control.
Doctoral degree/PhD degree in Psychology or a related discipline (provided that profound a knowledge of experimental and biological psychology are existing); supplementary technical skills (software and/or hardware) at a Master/Diploma level (e.g. Master in electronic engineering or computer sciences from a technical university or equivalent);
Proof of independent research activities (i.e. lead and co-authorship) in at least one of the research fields that are relevant for the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, ideally in experimental psychology or at least in experimental behavioral research, especially in one of the methods of the department (i.e. Eyetracking, EDA, EMG, EEG, TMS, tDCS, magnetic resonance imaging);
Willingness to incorporate into new technical, methodical, and content-related topics.
A profound knowledge of Matlab is expected (main focus on use for (1) evaluation of behavioral data, EDA, EEG, TMS, Eyetracking, imaging; (2) experimental control, e.g. Psychophysics Toolbox; (3) modeling; (4) Computational Vision); administration and programming of standard environments in experimental psychology (E-Prime, OpenSesame, PsychoPy, Presentation) and in at least one additional programming language (C/C++, Java, Python or else)
Precise and autonomous working, interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, scientific work and publishing activities, technical understanding, basic technical training (HTL, Higher Technical Education Institute, specialization: electronic engineering and/ or computer sciences), analytical skills, ability to work in teams, strong sense of responsibility, excellent command of written and spoken German and English
Application documents: Letter of motivation - academic curriculum vitae - description of research interests and research agenda- References
Main research field
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|Cognitive psychology;Neuropsychology;General psychology;Experimental psychology;Psychology of perception||MUST|
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The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.
Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 8686