Applications are invited for up to 5 Ph. D. studentships in the lab
of Prof. Karl R. Gegenfurtner at Giessen University
In the various research projects, the relationship between perception
and motor control is explored. The students will work under the
guidance of Karl Gegenfurtner, Doris Braun, Volker Franz, Knut Drewing
and Thomas Schmidt. Possible projects include the relationship between
motion perception and smooth pursuit eye movements, the control of
saccadic eye movements when looking for targets in natural scenes,
effects of memory on grasping movements, the combination of cues from
multiple modalities, or effects of unconscious priming stimuli on
- Braun, D.I., Pracejus, L. & Gegenfurtner, K.R. (2006) Motion aftereffect
elicits smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Vision, 6, 671-684.
- White, B., Gegenfurtner, K.R. & Kerzel, D. (2005) Effects of structured
non-target stimuli on saccadic latency. Journal of Neurophysiology,
- Franz VH, Scharnowski F, Gegenfurtner KR. (2005) Illusion effects on
grasping are temporally constant not dynamic. J Exp Psychol Hum
Percept Perform. 31(6):1359-1378.
- Schmidt T, Niehaus S, Nagel A. (2006) Primes and targets in rapid
chases: tracing sequential waves of motor activation. Behav Neurosci.
- Drewing K, Ernst MO. (2006) Integration of force and position cues for
shape perception through active touch. Brain Res. 1078(1):92-100.
The lab offers excellent facilities for studying visual perception and
motor control. We are part of a larger research group on perception
and action (http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/for560) with excellent
links to scientists within Europe and world wide. The group offers a
stimulating, multi-national and multi-disciplinary research
environment for young scientists (http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de).
The city of Giessen is a small university town, located just 60 km
north of Frankfurt near the river Lahn.
The postholders will be responsible for setting-up laboratory
experiments, recruiting and testing participants, analyzing data,
developing models and publication of results.
Applications are invited from candidates with a higher degree (diploma
or MS) in subjects related to aspects of neuroscience including
psychology, computer science, biological sciences, and engineering.
Applicants should have knowledge and skills in at least one of the
following areas: computer programming; visual psychophysics;
experimental psychology, quantitative methods. Of course, applicants
are expected to have a strong interest in human visual perception.
The positions can start anytime between January and August 2008.
Applications will be considered until all 5 positions are filled.
Salary is according to German salary scale 0.5 BAT IIa or equivalent.
For an informal discussion of the posts contact Karl Gegenfurnter by
phone (+49 641-9926100) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Full applications with the usual materials should be
sent before January 10, 2008 via Email in PDF format or to:
Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen
If you do send your application materials by regular mail, please send copies
only. Application documents will not be returned.
Giessen university is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women and
disabled persons - given similar qualification - are preferred.