Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Cognition

We are seeking to appoint a research Fellow to drive the research studies associated with an EPSRC-funded project called HUMMINGBIRD, which represents a collaboration with colleagues in the School of Engineering at the University of Kent. Our explicit aim within this project is to deliver a human-inspired framework for biometric analysis capable of improving on the separate capabilities of machine-based systems and human operators. 

This positon is offered on a fixed term basis for 18 months.

You will have (or be close to completing), a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Experimental Psychology. You will have an interest in visual cognition, with particular knowledge in the area of face recognition and/or voice recognition. Specific duties will include:

  • taking the lead on day-to-day research activities in the area of face recognition and voice recognition, in order to instigate and explore new research ideas and directions within the bounds of the project; 
  • liaison with project partners in Kent;
  • attendance and presentation at quarterly meetings, monthly skype meetings, stakeholder meetings, and conferences in order to develop, maintain and communicate a multidisciplinary approach to the project;

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of this project, you will ideally have experience of, or a willingness to engage in, multidisciplinary research. This will involve the capacity to communicate complex ideas clearly, as well as an openness to novel perspectives and methodological approaches. The ability to demonstrate your academic experience and track record through conference presentations, and journal publications would also be advantageous.

For further details or an informal chat, you are warmly invited to contact Professor Sarah Stevenage ( who is the Principal Investigator for this project. 

Psychology received a grade point average of 2.7 in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, ranking 8th in the UK.  The peer-review panel at the time noted that nationally it was a particularly strong discipline.  Further details about Psychology at Southampton can be obtained from our webpages at  Whilst Psychology is ambitious and successful, it is also a very friendly and pleasant place to work, with good relations between staff and students. You will join a highly motivated and professional team with many opportunities for professional development.

Interviews are likely to be held in early February, 2018.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 958518JW on all correspondence.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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