Research Technician

University of Leicester - Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

About the role

Funded by a British Academy grant entitled “Learning to write with the eyes: Solving the Midas touch problem”. The project aims to understand novel ways to interact with computer-interfaces. As the applications of gaze-control keep growing, either in the context of AR or assistive technology, we still know little of the cognitive, motor, and visual mechanisms that are implicated. By using state-of-the-art eye tracking, we will test eye movement learning in an eye-writing task and how adaptive changes in eye movement control transfer to other tasks.

The role will involve pre-registration of the study to comply with open science standards, setting up and carrying out experiments using eye-tracking, to some extent analysing the data, and contributing to the writing up of the results. The project will involve a collaboration with Prof Kevin Paterson and Dr Claire Hutchinson within the Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour department at Leicester.

About you

The successful candidate will have at least a BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline and demonstrate experience of conducting eye-tracking experiments in a laboratory setting. You will show excellent organisational skills and enthusiasm for the topic. Experience with eye movement data analysis is desirable.

Additional information
The contract is part-time (0.6 FTE) and fixed-term. Funding is available for 6 months from 1 July 2018.
For informal enquiries, please contact David Souto at

Closing date for applications is at midnight on 11 June 2018.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. Our staff enjoy plenty of training opportunities in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.
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