Madison, WI
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 92224-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 92224-AS

Working Title: Assistant Scientist


Hiring Department: A349500-VCRGE/WID/WI INST DISC

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: NOVEMBER 01, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A Ph.D. in Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience is required. Well-qualified candidates will have specialization in visual neuroscience, color vision, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), visual psychophysics, and virtual reality.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

A minimum of 3 years of experience working in human vision research is required. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in fMRI data acquisition and analyses, brain data visualization, data handling, as well as expertise in experimental stimulus design and presentation. Experience with visual psychophysics, colorimetry, and retinotopic mapping is desirable. Previous experience in MATLAB/Python programming is essential, as is programming in Unity/C#. Expertise designing and building psychology experiments with the Unity development environment is required. Demonstrated experience in academic publishing and previous experience mentoring students is desirable.

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is an innovative research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our mission is to discover and inspire through interdisciplinary research conducted in a dynamic, collaborative community. WID advances frontiers of knowledge, accelerates development of solutions, and engages the State of Wisconsin.

This Assistant Scientist position is located in the Schloss Visual Perception and Cognition Lab and the Virtual Environments Group at WID. Under the leadership of Dr. Karen Schloss, the lab investigates how observers make predictions about objects and entities based on their cognitive and emotional responses to perceptual information. We are currently focusing on how people's associations with colors influence cognitive processing in three broad areas: (1) aesthetic response, (2) judgment and decision making, and (3) interpretation of information visualizations. In doing so, we take an empirical approach to design, with the goals of understanding how to communicate effectively through visualizations and what determines affective response to perceptual features. Although our main focus is on color, we are also interested in perceptual organization and spatial layout. We also investigate a broad range of topics in visual perception and visual representation using virtual reality, behavioral, psychophysical and neuroimaging methods.


Kory Breuer
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Instructions to applicants:

Begin the online application process by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position as well as a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Oct 11 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Oct 25 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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