Post Doc Position/2 PhD positions, University of Iceland, Reykjav’k


The Icelandic Vision Lab advertises three 3-year positions for a post-doc and 2 PhD students. Both are fully funded by grant from the Icelandic Research Fund (IRF) and the research fund of  the University of Iceland. The successful candidates will work under the supervision of Professor ērni Kristj‡nsson and Dr. Andrey Chetverikov.


The positions involve research into representations of statistical variation in artificial displays and natural scenes. Recent evidence from our lab shows that observers can have a remarkably detailed representation of the distributions of stimuli in the environment. This work combines the disciplines of summary statistics, visual attention and sequential dependencies and priming in vision in addressing how we represent featural variation in the visual environment.  Research findings relevant to the project have recently been published in Cognition (, Journal of Vision (, and two additional papers are under review.


The project will involve behavioral studies, computational modeling and neurophysiological studies (in collaboration with Dr. Gianluca Campana, University of Padova, Italy). Experience with experimental psychology software (PsychoPy/Psychtoolbox), programming (Python/MATLAB/C/C++), computational modelling in vision, and natural image statistics would be a plus, but is not required if there is enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


The Icelandic Vision Lab offers a stimulating academic environment, and is headed by ērni Kristj‡nsson, Heiða Mar’a Sigurðard—ttir and ērni Gunnar ēsgeirsson. The successful candidates will join this vibrant community of graduate students, post-docs and faculty who all work on various aspects of visual perception. The lab is well funded with grants from the Icelandic Research Fund, The European Research Council and the Research Fund of the University of Iceland, providing good access to necessary equipment for the studies.


Iceland consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to live: Icelanders are among the happiest people in the world according to many polls
(, life satisfaction is among the highest in the world (, and the country is consistently rated the most peaceful in the world ( And finally, there are no mosquitos in Iceland!

The positions offer the opportunity to work within a vibrant scientific community in a community consistently found to be among the best places to live in the world.


ērni, Andrey, Heida and ērni Gunnar will all be at the VSS meeting, May 19-24 in St. Petersburg, FL, and we would be happy to meet with potential applicants there.


For further information please contact ērni ( or Andrey (
The deadline for applications is June 10th.