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Laboratory for Cognitive Research

The Higher School of Economics Laboratory for Cognitive Research in Moscow, Russia invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of visual perception, attention, and memory.


The job involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Prof. Igor Utochkin
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research in parallel with working on research projects in:

o  the perception of features, objects, and ensembles (multiple objects)

o  visual search and the deployment of attention

o  visual working memory and visual long-term memory

  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Laboratory and our collaborators worldwide
  • participation in organization of the events and other contribution to the Lab’s development
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the researchers in the field and the broader academic community
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.


Our group actively collaborates with recognized researchers worldwide, including Harvard University, MIT, University of California, etc. The Laboratory offers access to its behavioral experiment facilities, EEG and eye-tracking equipment, and its stimulus sets and data sets.


Recent representative publications:

Wolfe, J. M. & Utochkin, I. S. (2019). What is a preattentive feature? Current Opinion in Psychology, 29,19-26.

Tiurina, N. A. & Utochkin, I. S. (in press). Ensemble perception in depth: Correct distance-size rescaling of multiple objects before averaging. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Utochkin, I. S., Khvostov, V. A., & Stakina, Y. M. (2018). Continuous to discrete: Ensemble-based segmentation in the perception of multiple feature conjunctions. Cognition, 179, 178-191.

Utochkin, I. S., & Brady, T. F. (2018). Binding errors in long-term memory for real-world objects. PsyArXivPreprint.

Utochkin, I. S. (2015). Ensemble summary statistics as a basis for rapid visual categorization. Journal of Vision, 15(8), 1-14.



  • a PhD from an international research university in such fields as cognitive or experimental psychology, neuroscience, applied mathematics, or computer science
  • a strong background in visual psychophysics/EEG/eye-tracking/computational modeling
  • ability to work in a team,
  • fluent English
  • relevant experience is an asset although not required


General conditions for Post-Doctoral Research positions can be found here. Appointments will be normally made for one year.


A CV and research statement  should be submitted via online application form and two letters of recommendation should be submitted by the referees directly to fellowship@hse.ru by February 15, 2019. Please note that direct applications to the laboratory may not be reviewed.


About HSE

HSE is a young, dynamic, fast-growing Russian research university providing unique research opportunities.

For more information about HSE, please visit: Laboratory for Cognitive Research or Igor Utochkin contact (iutochkin@hse.ru) directly.

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