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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Psychology

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th June 2019
Closes: 24th July 2019
Job Ref: 81352

Full Time

Fixed term for 36 months

Grade 7 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.


The Computational Psychology Lab ( ) seeks to recruit a full-time postdoctoral-level Research Fellow for a research project titled “Integrating vision and action through selection history”.  It is funded by two bodies, UK Research and Innovation (ESRC) and US-funding agency NSF (National Science Foundation). The US collaborator is Professor Joo-Hyun Song, Brown University

The project aims at advancing our understanding of how humans execute visually-guided reaching in multi-object environments. It takes a highly interdisciplinary approach by combining computational modelling and empirical work. The research will be based on earlier work published here:

Strauss, S., Woodgate, P.J.W., Sami, S. A., & Heinke, D. (2015) Choice reaching with a LEGO arm robot (CoRLEGO): The motor system guides visual attention to movement-relevant information. Neural Networks, 72, 3-12.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

  • Undertake work within the specified research grant (ES/T002409/1):
  • Extend CoRLEGO to model data collected by Professor Joo-Hyun Song
  • Compare models using Bayesian methods
  • Conduct behavioural experiments under guidance of Professor Joo-Hyun Song
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer in computational modelling and related areas that is of benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of the Principle investigator
  • Contribute to public engagement activities
  • Contribute to generating funding and writing bids 

Person Specification 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Programming skills (preferably in MatLab), mathematical skills

Experience in at least three of the following fields:

  • Robotics, computer vision, computational modelling, behavioural science (human vision or/and movement control), Bayesian statistics, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods, Dynamic neural fields

Generic skills:

  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


  • PhD preferably in electrical engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dietmar Heink at

Closing date: 24 July 2019                 

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