[visionlist] Post-doctoral and PhD positions available at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Ireland

Fiona Newell FNEWELL at tcd.ie
Tue Jul 6 12:57:03 -04 2021

The Multisensory Cognition research group, headed by Fiona Newell at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN), is about to embark on a project investigating multisensory object categories. Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral researcher and 2 PhD students (fully-funded) to join this project. The aim of the proposed research is to elucidate the behavioural and brain processes underpinning the formation of object categories from combined visual, auditory and haptic information.

Post-doctoral researcher in Perception
Candidates for the post-doctoral role must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or a cognate discipline and have experience or an interest in multisensory perception, ideally from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Prior research experience in neuroimaging (fMRI) is essential. Experience with statistical modelling, programming using e.g. Matlab, Python etc. is desirable.

As well as having a strong academic background, the candidate will also be expected to contribute to the overall research programme of the Multisensory Cognition group and in collaboration with Prof. Rob Whelan and his research group at TCIN.  They must have the requisite skills to lead the project, be a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a team.

The position is full-time, initially for 2 years with a strong possibility for continuation, and is available from September 2021. Successful candidates are expected to take up the position then, or as soon as is feasible thereafter. The salary is based on the Post-Doctoral Researcher rate (consistent with Government Pay Policy of between €37,000 to €45,000 per annum for experienced researchers). All applicants with a relevant background and research skills are eligible to apply.

2 PhD Studentship positions in Developmental Perception and Multisensory Perception
The main focus of the studentship in Developmental Perception is to investigate the formation of multisensory object categories in children from the age of four years old.  All testing will be lab-based, in schools or, when appropriate, online.  The main focus of the studentship in Multisensory Perception is to investigate the representation and flexibility of multisensory object categories in memory.  The research will involve behavioural testing of adult participants, as well as eye tracking and the use of VR technology (in collaboration with industrial partners).

Both studentships are fully-funded to include student fees, an annual stipend of €18,500 and conference travel for 4 years. A start date of either early September 2021 or March 2022, whichever is more feasible, is expected.  Applicants should have a strong undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or cognate discipline and have experience in conducting independent research ideally in a topic related to Human Perception or Cognition.  A Master’s degree in Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience is desirable but not essential.

Note that to be eligible to apply for these PhD studentships, applicants must have been resident in an EU member state (including Ireland) for 3 of the last 5 years.  Potential applicants based in the UK are also eligible to apply (due to the 'Common Travel Area' agreement between the UK and Ireland).

To apply
Applicants should send, by email, a cover letter (clearly stating for which position they are applying), a copy of their CV and any  relevant publications, and the contact details of 2 academic referees to Professor Fiona Newell (fiona.newell at tcd.ie). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; the first review of applications will be in early August 2021.

Further Information about these positions can be found at jobs.tcd.ie and multisensorytcd.com, or informal queries can be sent to fiona.newell at tcd.ie.

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