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Research Associate

Cardiff University - School of Psychology

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: 12400BR

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral Research Associate position to be based in Cardiff.  We are seeking someone with the relevant background and technical skills in human vision science or a related discipline. 
How does an active observer deal with a continuously changing retinal image?  Does the brain gradually build up a stable allocentric representation of space?  Is an egocentric representation updated whenever one moves?  Is the image on the retina first segregated into components that are the result of self-movement and ones that are not?  We hypothesise that the answer depends on the temporal and action requirements of the task.  In an ongoing collaborative project, we are testing this hypothesis through use of a diverse series of tasks that present a range of challenges to the moving observer.  To do so, we are combining complementary expertise from Psychology, Movement Sciences, and Computing from Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and bringing together researchers who represent a range of theoretical perspectives.  We are making use of range of techniques ranging from innovative experimental paradigms that exploit recent technological advances such as virtual reality combined with simultaneous motion tracking to traditional psychophysics. 
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Simon Rushton -  
Period of appointment:  until 26th March 2022. There is a strong possibility that this will be extended for a further period subject to funder approval. The post is expected to start by 26th September 2021. 
Salary:  £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6).  It is not expected that we will appoint above starting salary of £34,304 per annum, point 30. 
Closing Date: Monday, 27 September 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

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