Marie Curie (ITN) – DyViTo Early Stage Research Fellow

University of Bradford - Faculty of Life Sciences - School of Optometry and Vision Science

This Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is funded within the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action – Innovative Training Network (ITN), DyViTo: “Dynamics in Vision and Touch – the look and feel of stuff”. DyViTo is an interdisciplinary European network of leading scientists and innovators studying visual and haptic perception, using techniques of neuroimaging, modelling, material rendering and lighting design. Its aim is to produce a step change in the industrial challenge of creating virtual objects that look, feel, move and change like ‘the real thing’. 

The integrated training programme will produce a cohort of researchers who are able to translate between the fundamental neuro-cognitive mechanisms of object and material perception and diverse applications in virtual reality. The Bradford project, under the supervision of Prof Marina Bloj, specifically will address the question of how our ability to remember and recognise objects and materials is affected by temporal and dynamic effects such as movement and aging/wear. The project will use psychophysics, computational modelling and rendering. Results will be applied to real-world problems in industry and museums.

You will have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral training program during your work within the project and have exposure to diverse research cultures across the network’s academic, industrial and public partners via secondments. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with DyViTo’s academic, industrial and museum partners, including Allegorthmic (France), University of Giessen (Germany) and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford). You will also be trained in delivering public engagement events and other professional skills through the program’s workshops.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  1. The successful candidates will have a good First class degree or Master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, physics or related science or technology discipline such as archaeology or optometry. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of strong quantitative or computational skills and/or knowledge of research methods and statistics for work in human perception.
  2. They should possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills (an excellent command of English - at least 7.0 IELTS or equivalent - will be fundamental) as well as a proactive, problem-solving attitude. 
  3. The successful candidate will need to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills. They should possess a strong interest in innovation and the applications of science as well as in public engagement activities. 
  4. They should be able to demonstrate experience in designing experiments, analysing data and communicating results.

BENEFITS

  • An international and multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Personalised supervision and career development, coupled with first class infrastructures;
  • Involvement in academic and industry driven research, reinforced through planned secondments between the partners of the network;
  • Support for career development through training in project management, communications skills, grant writing, business development, among others;
  • A working contract with a very competitive salary according to the MSCA ETN rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Only candidates complying with the Early Stage Researcher requirements (less than 4 years of research experience following a graduation from a degree qualifying for entry to PhD) and mobility (less than 12 months spent in the UK within the last three years) are eligible in order to comply with the funding body requirements. You should NOT already have a PhD.

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