University of Glasgow
College of Science and Engineering
School of Psychology
Vacancy Ref: 032999
Salary: Grade 6/7 £29,176 - £32,817 / £35,845 - £40,322 per annum
This ambitious project aims to mathematically model the human face as an algebraic generator of dynamic social signals and build a psychologically and culturally valid generative model of social face signalling that is transferrable to social robots. The project will use a multidisciplinary approach that combines social and cultural psychology with dynamic 3D structural face computer graphics, vision science psychophysical methods, and mathematical psychology. Given that project involves interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, the ideal candidate would have experience of both computational (e.g., programming) and social psychology, for example via a joint degree or research experience/interests.
The successful applicant will experience a unique and intellectually stimulating research environment within the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology/School of Psychology, undertake a specific programme of specialist research skill development, and contribute to progressing a strategic research agenda. The applicant will have access to (1) state-of-the-art 4D structural face imaging technology; (2) specialist in-house training on quantitative methods and statistical analyses (e.g., 4D image processing, model fitting); (3) postdoctoral communities; (4) a dedicated Research Technologist specializing in 3D and 4D computer graphics; (5) a dedicated IT support team providing data storage (>4 Petabytes), high-security data management systems, high-performance equipment and software; (6) an online Subject Pool (7,000+ members, 106 nationalities); and (7) international collaborators.
Primary Investigator: Dr. Rachael E. Jack
The successful applicant will join an internationally renowned, high performance, and interdisciplinary research team, and will receive regular, close supervision from PI Jack via weekly lab meetings to develop specialist knowledge and skills including 3D & 4D face capture and generation, advanced MATLAB programming, lab preparation, data collection, computing face signalling models, analyzing high-dimensional data, scientific writing, and producing high-quality data visualizations for presentations and publications. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to present at national and international academic conferences, participate in public engagement activities, and submit their work to high-impact and specialist peer reviewed academic journals. Successful applications could also have the opportunity to work with other interested parties (e.g., social robotics designers).
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The post is full time with funding up to 3 and half years in the first instance.
Closing Date: 20th February 2020
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|Title||Research Assistant/Associate in computational and social psychology|
|Employer||University of Glasgow|
|Job location||University Ave, Glasgow, G12 8QQ Lanarkshire|
|Published||January 23, 2020|
|Application deadline||February 20, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc,   Researcher,   Research assistant  |
|Fields||Computer Graphics,   Computing in Social science, Arts and Humanities,   Psychophysics,   Quantitative Psychology,   Social Psychology,   Image Processing  |