Research Associate in Computer Vision and Computational Neuroscience

Cardiff University – School of Computer Science & Informatics & School of Psychology

Applications are invited for an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Research Associate post in the Schools of Computer Science & Informatics and Psychology at Cardiff University. This is a full-time post for 2 years, starting on 4th June 2018.

The successful candidate will undertake world-class research in the field of Computer Vision and Computational Neuroscience.  The planned research draws on ideas from the disciplines of psychology, biology and neuroscience, therefore the candidate should have a willingness and curiosity to explore novel and creative inter-disciplinary solutions.  You will work within the Human Factors Technology Centre and work closely with Professor David Marshall (Computer Science) and Professor Simon Rushton (Psychology), and collaborate with project partner, Dr Rosalyn Moran, School of Engineering Sciences, Bristol University. You will possess or expect to receive a PhD in Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience or a related area.

The project aims to build a computer vision system based on principles of predictive coding drawn from research in psychology and neuroscience.  The project is a feasibility study, whereby we will build a demonstrator predictive vision system, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and explore potential application areas and broader use. During the project you will co-develop the software infrastructure, integrate hardware components and be provided with an introduction to complementary areas of neuroscience.

Cardiff University has a successful School of Computer Science & Informatics with an international reputation for its teaching and research activities. The School delivers a stimulating portfolio of BSc and MSc degrees and offers research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications. For more information on the School please visit our website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/computer-science.

The School of Psychology is recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and have just built one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see http://psych.cf.ac.uk and http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/cubric).
 
The University of Bristol is a world leading institution with an international reputation for excellence in research, teaching and public engagement. Bristol Neuroscience is one of Bristol’s most successful research themes, ranking in the top five UK Universities by The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting all its employees in achieving the necessary balance between their work and their personal lives. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of support for staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.

For an informal discussion of the role please contact Prof. David Marshall by email at MarshallAD@cardiff.ac.uk

For an informal discussion about flexible working and work-life balance please contact Pamela Munn by email at MunnPA@cardiff.ac.uk

Provisional interview date: We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 7 May 2018 or the following week.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 2 years.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 scale.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6).

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating 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 have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.