[CogSci] Postdoc + PhD positions in Constantin Rothkopf's lab in ERC funded project ACTOR

Constantin Rothkopf constantin.rothkopf at cogsci.tu-darmstadt.de
Fri Nov 18 04:21:49 PST 2022

One postdoc and one PhD position are available in the lab of Constantin 
Rothkopf at the Centre for Cognitive Science @ TU Darmstadt as part of 
the ERC project ACTOR. The goal of this project is to use both human 
behavioral experiments and computational modeling to understand human 
sequential behavior in tasks ranging from continuous psychophysics to 
navigation and food preparation in the framework of sequential decision 
making/planning/optimal control/RL.

To get a better idea, here some work from our group related to this project:
- F. Kessler, J. Frankenstein, C. A Rothkopf. A dynamic Bayesian actor 
model explains endpoint variability in homing tasks, bioRxiv, 2022.
- Straub, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2022). Putting perception into action 
with inverse optimal control for continuous psychophysics, eLife 11, e76635.
  - Schultheis, M., Straub, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2021). Inverse 
optimal control adapted to the noise characteristics of the human 
sensorimotor system. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 
34, 9429-9442.
  - Neupärtl, N., Tatai, F., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2020). Intuitive 
physical reasoning about objects’ masses transfers to a visuomotor 
decision task consistent with Newtonian physics. PLoS computational 
biology, 16(10), e1007730.
- Hoppe, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2019). Multi-step planning of eye 
movements in visual search. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-12.
- Hoppe, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2016). Learning rational temporal eye 
movement strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 
113(29), 8332-8337.

Our group is part of the Centre for Cognitive Science and the AI Center 
at TU Darmstadt, which are home to a an internationally outstanding 
group of PIs and junior researchers working in the areas of 
computational cognitive science, machine learning, and artificial 
intelligence. We are part of several research consortia and engage in 
several fruitful research collaborations. The lab has state of the art 
equipment for eye and body tracking, VR, naturalistic task monitoring, 
psychophysics and access to one of the most generous computing 
infrastructures in Germany.

The Frankfurt-Darmstadt metropolitan area is located in the heart of 
Europe and is one of the most international regions in Germany with a 
diverse community and rich culture repeatedly earning high rankings in 
worldwide surveys of quality of living. Frankfurt just recently reached 
7th place worldwide in a ranking by the Economist and Darmstadt has 
repeatedly ranked among the top innovation driving cities in Germany.

While some of the positions within this ERC are geared towards more 
behavioral work others are strongly focused on computational modeling. 
Applicants may therefore have a background in computer science, 
cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, engineering, or related 
fields. Don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Please send the 
official application to the dean of the of the department of human 
sciences  dekanat at humanw.tu-darmstadt.de including a CV, a two page 
summary of your past research experience and current research interests, 
and contact information for 2-3 references in a single pdf file.  The 
code for the PhD position is “721” and the code for the Postdoc position 
is “722”. Official advertisements are linked at the end of this post. 
The positions can be filled starting in December. Applications will be 
reviewed on a continuing basis.

All the best,
Constantin Rothkopf


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