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Postdoctoral researcher in virtual reality

Aston University - Life & Health Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £29,176 to £35,845
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th February 2020
Closes: 18th March 2020
Job Ref: R200050

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £29,176 to £35,845

Grade: 7 or 8 depending on PhD completion

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Wednesday 18 March 2020

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Recently the outstanding clinical and research facilities of Aston University were extended to include state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) systems, housed in the new Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE). ALIVE is a unique VR research facility specialised in the combination of VR and brain activity measures such as electroencephalography (EEG) - in short: Neuro-VR. We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher with appropriate experience to join the multidisciplinary ALIVE team to work on a Neuro-VR project to investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie differences in driving performance between older and younger drivers. The project also aims to provide a proof-of-concept for a training and assessment instrument using Neuro-VR.

The main duties and responsibilities will therefore be (i) to develop VR driving scenarios using a gaming engine such as Unreal Engine or Unity, (ii) to record performance and EEG during simulated driving, and (iii) to statistically analyse behavioural and EEG data. In addition, the researcher will manage participant recruitment, data storage and sharing, and contribute to write-up of publications.

We encourage candidates with a strong background in VR programming (preferably using UE4 or Unity) and/or with a strong background in EEG analysis (e.g. time-frequency analysis) to apply. We are aware that the combination of both skills is unusual, so a strong background in either and a strong interest in the other will be sufficient for an application to be considered.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Klaus Kessler:

Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award. We pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly, supportive working environment and collaborative atmosphere.

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