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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 22, 2017.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate position based at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Paul Bays. The successful candidate will work on a project investigating the role of spatial interference in visual working memory. The researcher will design, conduct and analyze research on this project in consultation with Dr Bays, and write and communicate results as scientific papers and in scientific presentations at national and international conferences.

Applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive science, or experimental psychology, with a strong analytical background. A track-record of publications in the area of spatial vision is essential, as is expertise with eye tracking methods. Programming experience with Matlab and PsychToolbox is also essential. Applicants will need to demonstrate a record of research success and the ability to work creatively and independently.

Fixed term: The post is available from 1 July 2017 for a period of 6 months.

Further information may be downloaded below.

For inquiries regarding this post please contact Dr Paul Bays (pmb20@cam.ac.uk)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ11503 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Teaching Administrator (Maternity Cover)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 20, 2017.

We are seeking a capable and enthusiastic person to join the Department in this role which provides the underpinning administration for our undergraduate programmes.

The main responsibilities include working closely with the Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) and Course Organisers to support their roles, involving liaison with undergraduate students (approx 300 registered at any one time) as well as contacts internal and external to the University regarding all matters related to undergraduate teaching from organising open days, registering new students, timetabling, providing various documents such as course guides, to graduation.

The post holder is a key source of advice relating to the policies and procedures with respect to undergraduate issues in the Department. The post holder will also work closely with a Teaching Secretary and the Departmental Administrator.

You will be able to work both independently and in liaison with others. You will be well-organised and approachable and should possess an excellent standard of written English with an ability to communicate effectively and unambiguously with a wide range of people. Education to at least A level standard is a requirement as are good IT skills including word-processing, email and use of the Internet. You will have experience of preparing agendas and taking minutes. You should have relevant work experience in an office environment; experience in an academic or educational setting and management experience is highly desirable.

Further information may be downloaded below.

Informal questions regarding this post may be sent to Dr Jeanne Estabel (je353@cam.ac.uk)

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ11472 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Software Engineer (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 15, 2017.

A software engineer is sought to support the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK.

The lab focuses on understanding the neural basis of human cognition using a combination of behavioral, computational and brain imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, EEG). The team consists of an international and interdisciplinary mix of students and post-docs who use specialist equipment (display devices, eye trackers, brain imaging equipment) and has strong links with researchers in Computer Science and Engineering as well as with industrial partners.

The role involves facilitating the work of the research team by developing software for research projects in cognitive and computational neuroscience.

A bachelor's (or higher) degree in computer science, engineering, math or other related field is required. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB, C++, OpenGL) are required.

Excellent organization skills, the ability to provide training and support to others, and the ability to maintain strong local and international working relationships are essential.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at zk240@cam.ac.uk

Further information may be downloaded below.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension until September 2022.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ11459 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Centre Administrator (Full or Part Time) (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 13, 2017.

Applications are invited for a full-time or part-time Administrator to support the activities of two research groups: ABL: the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and CSLB: Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (http://csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk/). Both groups conduct research in cognitive neuroscience and ageing.

The post-holder has responsibility for providing a broad range of administrative services to support the active research of the labs, and supporting the PIs in their day-to-day running. This includes pre- and post-award research project administration, co-ordinating the production of research documentation, financial management of resources, organizing volunteers for experimental research and databases and ensuring research compliance for such studies.

This is a wide-ranging position which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level and have experience in a similar administrative position, ideally within in a research setting. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is a meticulous attention to detail. Comprehensive IT skills for administration including the use of databases are required. A high standard of numeracy with proven ability in budget creation and managing resources are essential. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and provide advice.

Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk) and Professor Lorraine Tyler (lktyler@csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with a possibility of extension until 30 September 2020

Further details may be downloaded below.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ11412 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship: Memory and Consumption

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

Applications are invited for a 4-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Memory and Consumption starting in October 2017 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Dr Lucy Cheke at the Cognition and Motivated Behaviour Lab (http://www.camblab.psychol.cam.ac.uk/) and Dr Amy Ahern of the MRC Epidemiology Unit (http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/people/amy-ahern/)

This studentship will investigate whether recent research on the role of memory in consumption-regulation can be developed into a scalable intervention to support weight management. This project aims to capitalize on growing understanding of the cognitive determinants of overeating, as well as emerging technology, to develop an app-based behaviour-change intervention that can be effective within the community to reduce over-eating and promote healthy weight regulation. The project will involve behavioural testing in the lab to clarify the causal relationship between memory and eating behavior and to identify a series of scalable memory manipulations that can reduce overeating. These findings will then be used to inform the development of an app that can deliver this intervention within the community. A person-based approach will be used to develop the intervention and test and optimize its usability. This will involve conducting qualitative research with target users throughout the design process, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of users and how an intervention would fit into their daily lives.

For the first year, the student will participate in a Masters for Research programme and will train through lab rotations in a range of interdisciplinary methods including behavioural research in experimental psychology, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of behavioural interventions, and the use of mobile technology in psychology. Following, this the student will continue their PhD research in the area of Memory and Consumption.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (e.g., engineering, computer science. mathematics) and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Dr Lucy Cheke (lgc23@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Amy Ahern (ala34@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please e-mail (i) a research statement outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests, (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts and (iv) contact details for two academic referees (one of whom should be a project supervisor) to Mrs Dawn Ellis (dle31@cam.ac.uk) by Friday 3 March 2017. Please add 'ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship: Memory and Consumption to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Once the successful applicant is informed of the outcome, they will be asked to complete the University's GRADSAF application form.

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Individualised Lifelong Learning

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

Applications are invited for a 4-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Lifelong Learning starting in October 2017 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and in collaboration with Dr Jason Rentfrow

The project aims to understand how humans of all ages translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, psychological assessment, brain imaging and computational modelling. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand the factors (social, environmental, biological) that mediate adaptive behaviours across the lifespan. Our team works with computer scientists and industrial partners that develop mobile apps to translate our research to user-friendly tools that can be used to assess and promote individual learning ability.

For the first year, the student will participate in a Masters for Research programme and will train through lab rotations in a range of interdisciplinary methods including behavioural assessment, state-of-the-art brain imaging and mobile technology. Following, this the student will continue their PhD research in the area of Lifelong Learning.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering or mathematics and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please e-mail (i) a research statement outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests, (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts and (iv) contact details for two academic referees (one of whom should be a project supervisor) to Mrs Dawn Ellis (dle31@cam.ac.uk) by Friday 3 March 2017. Please add 'ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Individualised Lifelong Learning' to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Once the successful applicant is informed of the outcome, they will be asked to complete the University's GRADSAF application form.

Please quote reference PJ11390 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.