PhD Opportunity in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience

La Trobe University

The opportunity
Dr Philippe Chouinard from La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. The project aims to determine how we select actions to visual cues rapidly, unconsciously and automatically. Learning associations between visual stimuli and motor responses is part of normal development and continues throughout life. Rapid deployment of these actions is often critical for safety yet we have limited knowledge of how the human brain does this. This project will use visual psychophysics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to characterise the neural architecture underlying these processes and determine how the dorsal and ventral streams of visual processing, specialised for motor control and recognition respectively, interact in vision-based actions as these actions become learned. Outcomes will provide new frameworks for driving improvement in any domain in which goal-directed actions depend on the rapid processing of visual information, including human-machine interfaces for defence, economic development, education, health, science and technology. 

The person
A talented student with a background in psychology, vision, neuroscience or any combination of these disciplines is sought to work on the ARC Discovery Project. Applicants must also have excellent critical thinking skills. Very good written and oral communication is also required. Computing skills in Matlab is desirable.

Applicants must meet the PhD admission criteria for La Trobe University and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Entry requirements can be found at

Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for a competitive La Trobe research scholarship including stipend, with a value of $27,082 (AUD) per annum to support living costs  for 3.5 years, and a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) to cover all tuition fees for four years.  Note: Applications for research scholarships close annually on 31 October for domestic applicants and 30 September for international applicants. 

How to apply
Please send Dr Philippe Chouinard an up-to-date CV, a current degree transcript(s) with all completed courses, and the contact information of two academic references by e-mail ( Please include "PhD Opportunity in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience" in the subject heading. 

To discuss the details of this position, and other informal inquiries, please contact Dr Philippe Chouinard ( Further information about Dr Philippe Chouinard’s laboratory and access to infrastructure can be found at

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