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PhD positions in Translational Vision Science (f/m/d)
PhD positions in Translational Vision Science
Employer: UMCG Location: Hanzeplein 1, 9713 GZ, Groningen Function: PhD; Research, development, innovation Scientific fields: Health Job number: 200709 About employer: University of Groningen Deadline: 28.02.2021
It is essential to know what visually impaired individuals can do with their residual vision in daily life activities, otherwise known as their "functional vision". Conventional ophthalmic tests (e.g. visual field tests) are able to detect the extent of a visual defect, but they yield little information about functional vision. This lack of appropriate tests impedes the optimal practice of diagnostics (in ophthalmic and neurological care, in particular of children and elderly), rehabilitation and classification (essential in sports competitions).
Our European MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE Innovative Training Network (ITN) OptiVisT aims to resolve this by (1) gaining new Insights: i.e. a fundamental understanding of the visual demands of activities of daily living and sports; (2) developing Solutions: i.e. creating new objective, inclusive and engaging tools for testing, training and augmenting functional vision; and (3) the Application of 1 and 2: evaluating the effectiveness of our new tools in diagnostics, rehabilitation and classification in practice.
Are you, like us, fascinated by vision, the brain and technology and consider it important to help visually impaired people? Do you have an inquisitive mind, and are you looking for a PhD position embedded in an international innovative training network in which you can develop your research, technical or clinical skills? Then consider applying with OptiVisT and join one of our 15 PhD projects (overview below). We offer PhD positions in academia, medical, technology and rehabilitation institutes, and high-tech companies.
Curious to see and hear more about what it means to be part of such Innovative Training Network? Check out these two short movies about our previous ITNs NextGenVis and EGRET+.
1.Have a strong interest in vision (psychophysics, eye-tracking, VR, non-invasive electrophysiology, neurological and ophthalmic disorders), computational approaches to vision science, deep learning and/or biologically motivated computer vision.
2. Be passionate about doing research and have or be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public.
3. Have relevant skills and experiences, and a strong interest in both theoretical and applied science.
4. Welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and to work within an international and multidisciplinary team.
5. Hold a MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (which can be, but is not limited to, biology, experimental and clinical psychology, medicine, physics, movement sciences, artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics).
6. Be an eligible candidate according to the eligibility conditions indicated below.
OptiVisT is supported by a MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE grant which requires transnational mobility. Therefore, to be eligible for a PhD position, you cannot have resided or carried out your main activity in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months during the previous 36 months. Furthermore, we can only recruit Early-Stage Researchers who, at the time of recruitment, will be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Please keep this in mind when applying.
PhD projects will start between July and October 2021, with some flexibility to negotiate the exact starting date with the relevant supervisor. All recruiting partners honor EU and national employment laws in relation to researcher recruitment and ensure that you will have the same rights, health and safety standards as local researchers.
A unique, complete and international training program
By joining the OptiVisT network, you will become part of the first pan-European research training program in Translational Vision Science. OptiVisT brings together experts in the field of vision science, technology and healthcare. You will follow OptiVisT’s multidisciplinary 3-year PhD training consisting of a number of high-level training courses and workshops throughout Europe. You will learn how to integrate deep knowledge on the foundations of vision with expertise in applying both established and cutting-edge technologies (eye-tracking, EEG, psychophysics, machine learning, perimetry, and virtual reality) in conjunction with specialized ophthalmic and neurological knowledge. Besides working at your primary employer, you will get the option to carry out secondments at other academic and technology partners. Therefore, you will be able to experience working in industrial, health care and academic environments, and have the opportunity to develop both your hard skills (research & technology) and soft skills (e.g., academic, entrepreneurial, working with people). In addition to that, you will receive training at the institute in which you enroll for your PhD.
The European MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE Innovative Training Network OptiVisT ("Optimal support of Visually impaired individuals through inclusive Tests and Tools for testing, training and augmenting functional vision") is a collaboration between 15 European labs and companies in the field of translational vision science and technology. We offer 15 (3-year) full-time PhD positions. A detailed overview of the participating labs, their research interests and the projects can be found at www.optivist.eu. This network has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955590.
How to apply
If you are interested in one of our PhD positions, visit our website (www.optivist.eu) for more information on our application procedures. The deadline for applying for this project is February 28th, 2021. General questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Project specific questions can be directed to the project contacts as mentioned on the website.