May 03, 2019

Postdoc in Perception and Action, Brown University

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  • Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Postdoc Perception

Job Description

Postdoc in visual control and modeling of pedestrian and crowd behavior

A postdoctoral position is available in the VENLab (Virtual Environment Navigation Lab) under the direction of Dr. William H. Warren, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences (CLPS) at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. This is a full-time, 1-year position, with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years based on satisfactory performance.

The NIH-supported project investigates the visual control of locomotion in dynamic, crowded environments, with applications to sensory substitution for locomotor guidance.  Behavioral experiments focus on the visual control laws for collision avoidance, pedestrian interactions, and collective crowd motion, with the aim of formulating a vision-based pedestrian model.  The results will be used to design and evaluate assistive technology for guiding locomotion with a vibro-tactile belt.  The research makes use of virtual reality techniques (both visual and haptic), kinematic time-series analysis, dynamical systems modeling, and agent-based simulation methods. General information about the lab can be found at and

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Computer Science, or a closely related field, with a strong research background in perception and/or action. Excellent computational and dynamical modeling skills (Matlab/Python) and statistical expertise (R) are essential; knowledge of time-series analysis, model comparison and simulation methods is highly desirable.  The candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong motivation, and work well with a team.  The start date is summer or early fall, 2019.

To express your interest, please send a CV, a 1-page statement of research interests, and the names of three references to Review of materials will begin May 6, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in the postdoc and are attending the Vision Science Society Meeting in May, please contact me in advance to set up a meeting at the conference. 

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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