Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Bodily Sensations and Bodily Self-awareness

University of London - Institute of Philosophy (IP)

The Institute of Philsophy are now seeking a suitably experienced individual for a 6 month Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for experimental and theoretical research on bodily sensation and bodily self-awareness. The project is generously funded by a donation from Dr Shamil Chandaria. 

The Institute of Philosphy 

The Institute of Philosophy (IP) was founded in 2005, building upon and developing the work of the Philosophy Programme from 1995–2005. The Institute’s mission is to promote and support philosophy of the highest quality in all its forms, both inside and outside the University, and across the UK. Its activities divide into three kinds: events, fellowships and research facilitation

The Project

This post is a six month fellowship for experimental and theoretical research on bodily sensation and bodily self-awareness.  The project is based at Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  The post-holder will work on the above topic with Professor Patrick Haggard, and with other fellows, staff and associates of the Institute of Philosophy.

The project will include experimental work using psychophysical, behavioural and neurophysiological methods to study bodily sensations such as touch and temperature.  There will be an opportunity for theoretical and philosophical research, and participation in seminars, workshops, and conferences.  Key research questions will include:

  • Spatial organisation of percept’s generated by different somato sensory submodalities.
  • The relation between somatic sensation and self-awareness
  • Interactions and paradoxical activations of somatic sensory systems
  • The integration of bodily sensations to provide a coherent sense of self

The Role 

As the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, you will be responsible for designing experiments and conducting your experimental work within the project's themes, either alone or in collaboration with other members of the project team and external collaborators. You will help to organise workshops, seminars and conferences for the project and will contribute towards the research carried out in pursuit of the project's aims and objectives. 

To be considered for this position, you will require at least 3 years' research experience (including time spent completing a PhD), a track record of academic publication and experience with experimental design, management of equipment, programming for real-time control of experiments, analysis of data and statistics. Candidates should have a solid background in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or a related discipline and have completed a PhD in one of these areas. You must have evidence of your ability to conduct experimental research in areas relevant to the project’s themes and have excellent time and project management skills, and the ability to work to deadlines.

For a full person specification and job description, please download the enclosed documents.

Further Information

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and Covering letter by clicking the apply button below. The close date for this role is at midnight on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. 

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