Programmer / Lab manager

Project: "Characterizing the Geometry of Perceptual Biases using Massive Online Experiments in Audition and Vision"

The Jacoby Research Group is looking for a team member to conduct massive online experiments in audition and vision. We are using a novel interactive paradigm based on Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People (Sanborn & Griffiths 2008), together with classical psychophysics adapted to the online environment. The applicant will help develop new experiments implementing both frontend (js) and backend (python) using the Dallinger platform for laboratory automation for the behavioral and social sciences (http://dallinger.readthedocs.io/) and using common web development. The applicant will also be responsible for running online experiments.

The successful applicant holds a BSc in a relevant discipline, e.g., computer science, psychology or neuroscience and possesses the following skills and experience:

  1. Command of backend developing with python+flask.
  2. Command of front-end programing with js.
  3. Experience with implementing experiments on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
  4. Applicants with experience in audio programing with html5, deploying apps with Heroku or similar cloud based platform, developing applications for mobile/tablet, machine learning, signal processing with Matlab are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

The position is especially suited for an applicant who would like to obtain experience and publications ahead of pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience or psychology. Candidates at other levels (MA / Phd / Postdoc) with similar skills and interests are welcome to contact the Jacoby Research Group as well; pay grade will be determined according to experience.

Please submit a detailed CV, a summary of research interests and experience, 2 examples of programing projects, 1 writing sample, and the names of two references as a single pdf to Nori Jacoby (nori.jacoby@ae.mpg.de). The position is available until filled. Start date is negotiable.