Research Fellow in Cognitive and Human Factors Psychology

University of the West of England, Bristol - Faculty of Health & Applied Sciences

Fixed term end date: 31 May 2019.

Post is open to: External and internal candidates.

An exciting opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team (including academics and industry specialists) on a cutting edge autonomous vehicle research project – Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – funded by Innovate UK through the Technology Strategy Board -

You will be based with the Psychological Sciences Research Group within the Department of Health and Social Sciences. You will also work closely with colleagues from the UWE-Bristol Centre of Transport and Society (CTS) and Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) who are also part of UWE-Bristol.

The main focus of the role is to be the core UWE Research Fellow on a collaborative project - FLOURISH, involving multiple organisations.

You will:

Be involved in designing, setting-up and conducting autonomous vehicle simulation and real-life trials with participant samples consisting of older individuals and individuals with cognitive and/or mobility impairments.

Assist with user-test trials of in-vehicle/simulator human-machine interfaces that at times will involve hardware for testing physiological responses, eye movements, and video capture.

Contribute to literature reviews and project reports, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal articlesWork closely with other project partners to keep abreast of developments within multiple and overlapping work packages, themes and projects.

Applicants are likely to hold a good Honours undergraduate degree in Psychology, Human Factors, or a highly related discipline and have a PhD (or close to obtaining a PhD) and/or MSc (with significant research employment experience) ideally with relevance to transport and driver behaviour and/or human-computer interaction and/or ageing research or within a related field.

It is important that the successful applicant has some programming experience (ideally related to driving simulators) and is willing to develop these skills throughout the project.

This post is not available on a job share basis.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

We're a dynamic and modern university proudly responsible for preparing 27,000 students from 140 countries to take their next steps.  With strong global and local connections, we offer an inspiring, diverse work environment where you can develop your skills and experience alongside over 3,000 staff members passionate about higher education.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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