The Role The successful candidate will join the research project
The plasticity of the bodily self: how function and age shape the
acceptance of virtual bodies. This project is led by Dr Dorothy
Cowie and funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
About the role
This project is a collaboration
between Psychology and Computer Science. As Psychology PDRA, the
successful applicant will be required to liaise with the Computing
staff and VR developers in the project to build environments which
allow you to rigorously and effectively test your hypotheses. Your
responsibilities will be to design and run experiments using these
environments and to write these up for publication. Additionally
you will be expected to disseminate findings at conferences, and
engage in outreach and networking with families and the VR
developer community. The project is therefore suited for a clear
communicator who is excited about working as part of an
interdisciplinary team, but who also has a solid experimental
psychology training base. There is a technical aspect to the
project so the person must have an aptitude for technical work.
Since most experiments involve a child sample, the person must be
also able to personally engage children and their families and
collect high-quality data from children.
This is a great opportunity to work
as part of a friendly team on a cutting-edge project which has both
a clear theoretical focus and an applied angle. The PDRA will have
access to outstanding resources including equipment, dedicated
technical support, a large developmental database and related
resources, and travel funding for conferences and collaboration.
You may have some support in collecting data but must be prepared
to personally collect data.
successful candidate will have a strong academic track record,
including experience in designing, carrying out, analysing and
interpreting high quality quantitative research on human
perception, motor control, and/or cognition. Experience with any of
the following topics and approaches will be a strong advantage:
However, we do not necessarily
expect candidates to have experience in all of these, and we can
provide training as needed on those which are unfamiliar.
You will report to Dr. Cowie as the
PI on the grant.