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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Psychology

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 with potential progression once in post to £44,737
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th January 2023
Closes: 31st January 2023
Job Ref: 101038

Fixed term contract for up to 2 years

Travel and International Travel might be required for this role

Background

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded INSENSE project, which investigates visual processing, reinforcement learning, and incentive salience. The successful candidate will work in the group of Dr. Clayton Hickey and employ MEG and pharmacology to study the impact of economic outcome on visual selection. They will have a proven track-record of top-tier research, as expressed in academic publications, including studies employing pharmacological challenge. The position is research dedicated, and the successful candidate will be involved in all stages of developing and conducting experiments, analysing data, preparing results, and presenting findings. This will include the preparation of high-quality academic publications and the presentation of results in national and international academic conferences. The successful candidate will be expected to play a role in the supervision of graduate students and to broadly support the goals of the Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham. 

Role Summary

  •  Conduct research within the scope of the INSENSE project under the supervision of Dr. Clayton Hickey
    •    Design experiments, collect data, analyse results, present findings, publish papers
    •    Contribute to supervision of research projects conducted by undergraduate and graduate students
    •    Contribute to funding applications
    •    Contribute to management and administration of the INSENSE project arising from research

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Address research objectives of the INSENSE project
  • Contribute to the training of others in the research group
  • Directly collect experimental data or supervise data collection by others
  • Analyse and interpret data, interpret results to develop new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings in publications, research seminars and conferences
  • Provide day-to-day supervision for student research projects, potentially at BSc, MSc, or PhD level
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Participate in group meetings, journal clubs etc
  • Contribute to public engagement 

Person Specification

  •  A PhD (or near to completion) in any area relevant to cognitive neuroscience (eg. psychology, neuroscience, biology, computer science). 
    •    A strong publication history in cognitive neuroscience, including papers involving pharmacology. 
    •    Expertise in the use of pharmacology in cognitive neuroscience. 
    •    Experience or training in the use of neuroimaging in cognitive neuroscience. 
    •    Experience or training in computational modelling of behaviour and brain activity. 
    •    Excellent programming skills, ideally in Python and / or MATLAB. 
    •    Excellent statistical knowledge. 
    •    Strong academic writing and presentation skills.
    •    Willing to engage with others to support research community at the Centre. 

Informal enquires to Clayton Hickey, email: c.m.hickey@bham.ac.uk

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