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High-level (Auditory) Perception Post-Doctoral Training Opportunities

High-Level Perception Post-Doctoral Training Opportunities
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
(with particular emphasis on auditory/speech processing under the mentorship
of Professor Lori Holt, Department of Psychology, www.psy.cmu.edu/~lholt/)

Carnegie Mellon has a particularly rich faculty focusing on perception,
including high-level vision, audition, and perceptually-guided action. We
have interests in object and event recognition and the role of experience in
shaping our perceptual systems, particularly in the visual and auditory

Our core faculty span the departments of Psychology, Machine Learning, and
Robotics (machine vision and audition), as well as the Center for the Neural
Basis of Cognition.  Opportunities for collaboration span these units as
well as Biological Sciences, Statistics, Social and Decision Sciences,
Computer Science, and Human-Computer Interaction. Our facilities include a
new campus-based 3T Siemens Verio MRI scanner, a MEG facility, and a new
parallel computing cluster for modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

Relevant faculty include: Marlene Behrmann, Alyosha Efros, Laurie Heller,
Lori Holt, Marcel Just, Roberta Klatzky, Tai Sing Lee, Tom Mitchell, Carl
Olson, David Plaut, Suzy Scherf, and Michael Tarr.

Methodologies available in our research community include neuroimaging
(ERPs, MEG, fMRI, and DTI), the study of atypical populations
(neuropsychological case studies, autism, and dyslexia), neurophysiology,
eyetracking, behavioral psychophysics combined with advanced stimulus
generation and manipulation, computational modeling, and machine learning
for data understanding, all applied across the lifespan (infancy through
older adulthood).

Presently, we are especially interested in candidates interested in training
with Dr. Lori Holt in the following areas:
	Auditory perception, cognition, learning
	Speech perception, cognition, learning 
	Perceptual learning and the effect of expertise 
	Plasticity and sensitivity to regularity in perceptual input 
	Word recognition 
	Effects of context on auditory processing
	Statistical learning
	Multimodal processing for object recognition and language 
	Related areas 

Candidates must have a strong background in research and a completed Ph.D.
Basic programming skills (e.g. Matlab) are very desirable as is previous
training in psychological mechanism and theory.

Applicants for post-doctoral training will be considered on a rolling basis.
Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, PA. If you have never been to
Pittsburgh, you will be very pleasantly surprised! The academic community in
Pittsburgh is uniquely interdisciplinary and collaborative. Through the
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and our physical proximity to
University of Pittsburgh, we have strong ties to the University of
Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience, Psychology, and medical school. Within
CMU trainees often work across units, pursuing multidisciplinary research. 

The living environment in Pittsburgh is outstanding. Residents can take
advantage of urban amenities and the surrounding countryside. Nestled in
hills and rivers, Pittsburgh is a geographically attractive city with a low
population density. As a result, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is low and
the standard of living is high. Most university students and staff live
close enough to campus to walk or bike to work and the housing options
reflect the history of Pittsburgh - just around the corner from campus are
many lovely old Victorian mansions that now provide apartment living with
historic charm. Pittsburgh has its own ballet, opera, symphony, performing
artists and lecture series, theater companies, public television station,
art museum, music and arts festivals, etc. For sports fans there are the
Pirates, the Steelers, and the Penguins. Runners can jog on forest trails in
nearby parks (one just outside your Psychology-department office); bicycle
fans have a nearby web of trails that run along old rail beds from downtown
to Washington, D.C. Reflecting the excellent quality of life,  Pittsburgh
was ranked as the most livable city in America by Forbes magazine in 2010
and 2011.

Please send a statement describing your research interests, vita with
research experience, and names of three references to Professor Lori Holt,