[visionlist] Postdoc position in face perception - University of Essex, UK

Anna Hughes hughesannae at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 05:34:01 -04 2020

*Postdoctoral Research Fellow *

A Postdoc position is offered at the Department of Psychology at the
University of Essex, to work with Dr. Sebastian Korb and his team on an
international and multidisciplinary project entitled ‘Neuromuscular
electric stimulation and social cognition’.

This is a full-time position (36 hours per week) on a two-year fixed-term
basis from the 1st of October 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The
salary is £33,797 - £35,845 per annum, depending on experience.

The project, which is financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF),
investigates the effects of facial somatosensory input on emotion
recognition at the behavioural and neural level. Somatosensory input is
delivered via neuromuscular electric stimulation, and brain activity in
response to visually presented faces is measured with EEG/ERPs.

*Duties of the post *

This is an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to work on
the development of facial neuromuscular electric stimulation for the
purpose of applying it to research questions relating to multisensory
integration and theories of embodied cognition. Results are expected to
contribute to the understanding of how the brain integrates visual and
somatosensory information during face perception.

Duties will include engaging in individual and/or collaborative research
activity; producing research outputs for publication at acceptable levels
of volume and academic excellence and disseminating the results of research
and scholarship through appropriate Knowledge Exchange activities; and
contributing to the development and maintenance or research resources.

*Qualifications and Skills required *

The successful candidate will hold a relevant doctoral level degree in
cognitive or social psychology/neuroscience, ideally with a focus on
emotion and/or face perception. You must have previous experience with
electrophysiology (e.g. EMG, EEG).

Applicants are expected to have evidence of a developing research agenda,
engagement in high quality research activity and a developing research
profile; a developing record of publications in internationally recognised,
reputable journals appropriate to career stage and discipline norms; and
strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Good statistical and programming skills in Matlab, R, and/or Python and
having an interest in developing new technical tools to study fundamental
questions at the intersection of social psychology and psychophysiology are
essential for this post.

*How to apply *

If interested, go to the webpage of the University of Essex (link:
https://bit.ly/2CyimVU), where you will find a more detailed job pack.
*Closing Date: 16 August 2020. *
Interviews are planned for late August/beginning of September 2020
Informal enquiries may be made to Sebastian Korb (e-mail:
sebastian.korb at essex.ac.uk).
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