School of Social Sciences
fixed-term for 18 months
Applications are invited for the post of Post-doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at Brunel University London. This post is full-time for a fixed term contract for 18 months and will be funded by a “transformative research” ESRC grant under the supervision of Dr Guido Orgs.
The research project will investigate the influence of movement synchronisation on group cooperation and aesthetic perception in dance. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University, Dr Daniel Richardson (UCL) and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. In collaboration with Annemieke Apergis-Schoute (Cambridge University), the research project will also explore a new movement-based approach for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Candidates should have a degree or equivalent (appropriate for PhD registration) in Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering or Computer Science. The postholder should have substantial programming experience (Matllab or similar software packages for complex data analysis) and ideally has previous experience of using motion capture technology. Additional experience in neuroimaging methods, such as EEG and/or fMRI will be an advantage.
The postholder will be a highly motivated and innovative individual and will play a central role in both acquiring and publishing data for a major research project that could transform our understanding of how group cooperation is linked to moving in synchrony and to the performing arts. The post will involve the analysis of kinematic, motion capture and neuroimaging data that will be collected in group experiments on how people synchronise each others’ actions. Within a multidisciplinary team of researchers and performance artists, the successful applicant will lead on collecting and analysing these datasets, and report the findings.
The Department of Psychology at Brunel University is a thriving, interdisciplinary Department in the School of Social Sciences, with 28 full-time staff members of staff. In the 2008 RAE 85% of our research was judged to be of international standard. Our research facilities include a 3T MRI scanner, EEG laboratories, TMS, and an eye-tracker (EEG and eye-tracker available in the MRI as well). For more information about the department please see http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/psychology
and in particular the homepage of the Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging (CCNI)http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/psychology/research-and-research-centres/ccni
Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of September 2014
For further details and to apply please visit https://jobs.brunel.ac.uk/WRL/
The application should include a cover letter stating motivation and background, CV, contact details of two referees, and a list of publications.
Human Resources, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
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