Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

University of Nottingham - Psychology

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Professor Alan Johnston on an NIHR funded project on facial expression analysis for objective assessment of mental states as part of the Mental Health and Technology theme of the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. The project will use new methods for analysing facial configural change and facial motion to address this problem of measuring affect during online audio-visual conversations. The main role of the Research Associate/fellow will be to develop and implement this facial expression analysis system. However, another key objective will be to improve our understanding of dynamic facial action perception and its neural basis.

Candidates must have or be close to completing a PhD in Psychology or Cognitive Science and have a first class or high 2.1 undergraduate degree in Psychology. They must have well developed programming skills and an understanding of high-level vision computing. Knowledge of the fields of face perception, visual psychophysics and brain imaging, and experience with Linux, MATLAB and HPC, would be an advantage.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of three years in the first instance with the prospect of a further 18 months depending upon progress and the requirements of the project as a whole.

Full time hours for research staff average 36.25 hours per week and times of work are as determined by the Head of Department.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Alan Johnston, tel: 0115 95 15284 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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