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

Fiona Newell FNEWELL at tcd.ie
Mon May 9 13:28:39 -04 2022

Starting in summer 2022, two positions are available in the Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for talented and highly motivated post-doctoral researchers.  The positions will be based in the Multisensory Perception and Cognition Lab (multisensorytcd.com), led by Professor Fiona Newell. A brief description of the respective projects is provided below. The research involved in all projects is based on the general theme of investigating high-level perception in humans.

Brief description of the projects

  1.  Multisensory object perception:
The goal of this project is to investigate the visual, auditory and tactile features associated with the perception and recognition of objects.  Investigations, based mainly on experimental/psychophysical methods, will explore the role of multisensory and predictive processes on the categorisation of objects in children and adults. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Robert Whelan, Institute of Neuroscience TCD. Successful candidates are expected to take up the position as soon as possible and a 2-year commitment to the project is expected, with a possibility for extension.
2. Perceptual aesthetics:
The aim of this project is to investigate the perceptual basis of aesthetic decisions. In particular, this project will investigate the role of light and colour variation in stained glass windows on perceptual and aesthetic judgements.  The research will be conducted in collaboration with David Shepherd, Director of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies, TCD and Harriet Allen, University of Nottingham, UK.  Successful candidates are expected to take up the position as soon as possible and an 18-month commitment to the project is expected.

All candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a cognate discipline, with a background in theoretical and empirical studies of human perceptual processes. Experience in designing and conducting experiments as well as excellent data analytical skills are essential. Good programming/mathematical skills (e.g. Matlab, Python) are desirable. The ‘Multisensory perception of objects’ project includes some neuroimaging (fMRI) therefore experience with this methodology would be an advantage, although on-site training will be available.
Both positions include a starting annual gross salary of between €38,000 - €42,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.
To apply please send a CV, including the names and addresses of two academic referees, a list of publications and a cover letter to: fiona.newell at tcd.ie<mailto:fiona.newell at tcd.ie> . In your cover letter, please indicate for which of the two positions you are applying.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis but the closing date for all applications is Friday, 3rd June, 2022.
Informal enquiries can be made in the meantime to fiona.newell at tcd.ie<mailto:fiona.newell at tcd.ie>

Further information:
Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (www.tcd.ie/neuroscience)
TCIN is based in the Lloyd building within the campus of Trinity College Dublin.  It comprises a vibrant, highly-collaborative academic community of scientists and clinicians from across many disciplines including psychology, genetics, engineering and gerontology.  TCIN accommodates state-of-the-art testing facilities including a MRI facility allowing for on-site functional and structural neuroimaging of the human brain.
Trinity College Dublin (www.tcd.ie)
The University of Dublin, Trinity College was founded in 1592 and its campus is located in the heart of Dublin. Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland's premier university and was recently ranked no. 101 in the top universities of the world (QS World University Rankings 2022). Trinity College Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and Trinity’s Strategy 2020-25 identifies equality, diversity, and inclusion as a cornerstone of its ethos and practice in all aspects of university life.

[Apologies for multiple posting]

Fiona Newell,
Professor of Experimental Psychology,
School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience,
Trinity College Dublin,

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