We are looking for an enthusiastic postgraduate to work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Elena Geangu (York Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab) and a team of interdisciplinary researchers at University of York.
The post is part of an ambitious world-wide research programme funded by Wellcome Leap, investigating the development of executive function and the underlying neural networks in the first 1000 days of life. The team at York is led by Dr. Geangu and comprises of developmental neuroscientists, computer scientists, biomedical engineers and statisticians. It will focus on developing wearable sensors and artificial intelligence for monitoring infants’ and toddlers’ real world natural statistics relevant for developing healthy executive functions. The team will implement this work in state-of-the-art laboratories, benefitting from a wide range of technology (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking (fixed and head-mounted), wearable sensing, sleep lab, motion tracking system) and a collaborative environment.
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
The successful applicant will be responsible for organizing and assisting with the implementation of several empirical studies required for creating a platform with integrated head-mounted camera and wearable sensors for vital body signals, as well as a sleep sensor. These tools will be suitable to be used with infants and toddlers in their usual everyday life environment. The post holder will be involved in recruiting and testing participants, organizing and implementing research related activities; assisting with the technical set-up and designing the research; and liaising with the other members of the team in order to complete the research in timely manner.
A strong candidate will hold at least an undergraduate or master’s degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related discipline with a significant scientific component. They should have a very strong academic track record that demonstrates scientific rigour, creativity, numeracy, and attention to detail. Experience conducting research with infants and young children will be highly desirable.
They will work and communicate well with others, both within our team, and with the children and parents participating in our research studies. Above all, the successful candidate must be motivated, organized, display initiative, and exhibit a proclivity to learn new skills. The schedule will be fairly fast paced.
The position is full-time, initially for 12 months with possibilities for continuation. Successful candidates are expected to take up the position by 1st of October 2021 at the latest. The salary is £25,941 - £26,715 per annum. All applicants with a relevant background and research skills are eligible to apply.
The university offers a range of flexible working arrangements including, where appropriate, remote working.
Condition of Employment
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form. Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Interview date: To be confirmed
For informal enquiries: please contact Dr. Elena Geangu on email@example.com
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