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PhD position learning to direct attention in space and time

General Description
A fully paid PhD (1.0 fte) position for four years is available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The position is funded by NWO grant "Learning to direct attention in space and time" The PhD will be supervised by Sander Los and Jan Theeuwes and will work closely with other members of the Theeuwes Lab (see https://www.theeuweslab.com/), specifically with Dirk van Moorselaar. There will be collaborations with Kia Nobre (Oxford University) and Freek van Ede (VU, Amsterdam)

The Research Project
The proposed research project investigates the mechanisms underlying visual statistical learning (VSL), focusing on when and where information is extracted by the visual system and how this affects attentional selection processes. The goal is to uncover the fundamental properties of how we learn to extract the distributional properties of the environment as they unfold in time and space. This research explains why and how we are able to deal so effectively with so many objects appearing at different locations and moments in time. We use behavioral, eye tracking and EEG measures to uncover the fundamental properties of the underlying learning process.

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09-08-2022 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology (Universitaire Docent in Organisatiepsychologie m/v)

Candidates are expected to have or develop a strong, innovating program of research that connects to the main research interests in Organizational Psychology. We expect that in developing this program of research, the selected candidate will:

  • conduct and publish high quality research aligned with the research program;
  • develop and teach courses and supervise students in the Bachelors and Masters-programs;
  • attract external funding for research projects and seek national and international collaborations;
  • show departmental citizenship by contributing to research and teaching committees;
  • engage in impact activities outside academia.

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09-08-2022 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics

As an Assistant Professor you will be teaching in our BA and MA programs for Natural Language Processing and Text Mining as well as the MSc program in Artificial Intelligence. You are also expected to do research, collaborate in projects, and submit your own research proposals.

Your duties

  • teach courses in Natural Language Processing
  • supervise MA theses
  • research in Natural Language Processing
  • (co)-supervise PhD students

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09-08-2022 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
PhD position on the topic of robotics at work

Despite robots increasingly entering our work lives, we know surprisingly little about their impact on jobs. Engineers are excited to build intelligent robotic applications with the aim to alleviate difficult, risky, or boring jobs, such as cleaning, bomb diffusion, transportation of goods or surveillance. Labor economists and public commentators, in turn, put forward gloomy scenarios of jobs becoming obsolete, degraded or void of meaning. Currently, however, we lack a rigorous insight into how robots are really used in situated work practice. Without such insight, engineers are in the dark about what impact robots have on work and have few methods of including work context into account when building robotic applications.

This NWO-funded Vidi project aims to generate such insight by conducting several ethnographic studies of professional service robots at work.

In this context, we are looking for candidates to fill two PhD research positions for a duration of four years. Starting date of the position is planned for October 2022.

Your duties

  • You will design and conduct ethnographic studies of robotics focusing on how they are developed in the lab and how they are later used on the workfloor.
  • You will be performing ethnographic fieldwork, conducting literature review, writing empirical research papers for conferences and journals, and presenting at conferences.
  • You also follow PhD-level coursework and contribute to teaching.
  • You will also collaborate with industry partners and organize workshops and symposia, disseminating your findings.

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09-08-2022 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam