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ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 18, 2018.

Applications are invited for a 3-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Lifelong Learning starting in October 2018 or January 2019 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).

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 online tests and mobile apps to translate our research to user-friendly tools that can be used to assess and promote individual learning ability at large-scale populations

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, physics 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.

Application process:

To apply please complete the University GRADSAF application form by Wednesday 11 July 2018. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply

With your GRADSAF application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal 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 (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please inform Mrs Dawn Ellis (dle31@cam.ac.uk) when you have made an application, 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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

Please quote reference PJ15925 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 13, 2018.

Applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic cognitive neuroscientist with strong computational skills to work on an ERC Advanced Investigator grant on the neurobiology of language processing using MEG neuroimaging and fMRI data-sets.

The applicant will join the Department of Psychology, as a member of the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (at the University of Cambridge http://cslb.psychol.cam.ac.uk), an inter-disciplinary team led by Professor Lorraine Tyler. The Centre has access to a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MR scanner, and EEG and MEG facilities. We currently use a variety of analysis methods on MEG and fMRI data-sets, and in particular multivariate analysis methods such as Representational Similarity Analyses.

Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, computer science, or a related discipline. They are expected to have an interest in the neurobiology of cognitive functions, advanced statistical skills, and excellent computer programming (especially MATLAB and/or Python) skills. Experience of MEG analyses, particularly in using multivariate neuroimaging methods for MEG data and MEG source localization methods, are highly desirable. Relevant post-doctoral experience is an advantage. Given the nature of the research, candidates should be fully fluent in English.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Tyler (lktyler@csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 15 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ15880 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 06, 2018.

We are looking for a bright and resourceful cognitive scientist who is passionate about using their understanding of human behaviour to have a positive impact on industry and the wider world. This is a unique opportunity to apply and learn new skills in a growing and globally relevant industry

The project is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Cambridge and data-visualization specialists Vizzuality. Vizzuality create tools and applications that visualise data to inspire learning and catalyse new actions or decisions that bring lasting benefit to society and the environment (examples of their work are available here: www.vizzuality.com). The objective of this project is to apply the knowledge and approaches of cognitive science to identify techniques that increase the effectiveness and impact of these data visualisations. The knowledge generated in this project would then help Vizzuality create experiences that leads to greater learning and action to tackle sustainability challenges around the world.

You will be based at Vizzuality in Cambridge, and will be jointly supervised by the company and by Drs William Skylark and Greg Davis from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. You will review current approaches to visualization across the sector and within the company, and will employ user-testing to understand how users and clients use and process different kinds of visualization. Using cognitive science theory and techniques including eye-tracking, qualitative user-testing, and large-scale web-based data collection, you will develop clear insights into the consequences of different visualization decisions. Using those insights, you will help develop new visualization tools and to embed your work into the company's future activities.

The ideal candidate will have a degree and preferably a PhD in Psychology or a closely-related cognitive science discipline (e.g., human-computer interaction), with a background in human visual cognition and/or decision-making. They will have extensive experience of collecting and interpreting data from human participants, including sophisticated data-analysis skills. You would also need to have strong communication skills, including the ability to identify key points and share them in a concise and clear way.

The post holder must be keen to work in a non-academic environment; although the project involves cognitive science, it is first and foremost an opportunity to use science in a practical setting with the scope for real impact on business and society. Prior experience of collaborating with non-academic partners (e.g., businesses, government departments, or charities) may be an advantage.

Due to funding restrictions, the post holder must be able to start before August 14th, 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2020 in the first instance.

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.

Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to William Skylark wjm22@cam.ac.uk or Jamie.gibson@vizzuality.com

Please note the closing date for applications is 25th June 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ15791 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on May 30, 2018.

A Research Assistant is required for a Wellcome Trust funded research programme. The research programme is led by Professor TW Robbins focusing on "impulsive-compulsive disorders and fronto-striatal systems". The successful candidate is required for experimental studies of brain imaging and cognitive function in healthy volunteers and patients, predominantly with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Assistant will be required to maintain databases and be aware of data protection and ethical issues, help in the recruitment and contact with patients, including adolescent cases and healthy volunteers and to liaise effectively with clinician and academic collaborators, other post-doctoral and graduate students and NHS personnel, consultant psychiatrists and GPs associated with this project. They will be required to record and analyse data and to help in the preparation and submission of manuscripts for publication and for presentations at conferences, as well as in funding and ethical applications. The successful candidate will have obtained a first degree (BA or BSc) in Psychology, Neuroscience or a cognate discipline.

Ideally, the candidate will have expertise or training in neuropsychological testing including of patients, and experimental psychology and brain imaging methodology. It may be possible for the successful candidate to register for a higher degree. Although based at the Dept. of Psychology, Downing St Cambridge, the Assistant will be required to travel to the Clinical School and possibly to other sites outside Cambridge for cognitive testing of patients.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2020 in the first instance.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

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.

Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor TW Robbins (twr2@cam.ac.uk) or Professor BJ Sahakian (bjs1001@cam.ac.uk).

Please note the closing date for applications is 30 June 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ15729 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.