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Joining the Lab

If you are reading this page it means that you might be interested in joining the Vision & Image Understanding laboratory either as a graduate student, a post-doc or a visiting scholar. A few words about this. We are a productive/interdisciplinary lab (with psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicists as members) interested in important questions in cognition and perception. The lab has a particular emphasis on computational approaches to behavior and its relation to neural physiological measures. We are interested in creating computational models to understand how the brain works and also to optimize how humans perform perceptual tasks.

Human vs. Deep Neural Networks:

Foveal and peripheral processing during search:
Times of India

Visual search and the brain

Scene context and the brain: 

Optimal eye movements during face recongition

Individual differences in eye movements to faces

Meet the lab: Here are some pictures of the lab at a conference and bbq in Santa Barbara VSS 2006; VSS2011;Lab BBq2013

Current Positions


(will officially open the positoin in late October 2018)

Postdoctoral position: Computational vision and medical imaging
The Vision & Image Understanding Laboratory (Eckstein lab) in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara & the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB, invites applications for a position as a post-doctoral researcher in computational modelling of perceptual decisions with  medical imaging. 
Requirements: The successful candidate should have a strong technical background and a Ph.D. in any of the following: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Physics/Imaging, Mathematics, or related fields. Training and experience with computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, computational modeling, and/or model observers for medical imaging.
The position is anticipated to begin Jan, 2019, will initially run for 1 year, and is renewable depending upon job performance and availability of funds.

For more details see:

Vision & Image Understanding Lab: 
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences:                                                 
University of California, Santa Barbara:

Candidates should email a CV to:

Miguel P. Eckstein                                                                                           
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
UC Santa Barbara                                                   
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Review of applications will continue until filled. The University of California, Santa Barbara is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.