Research Fellow: Neural pathways underlying motion perception - SB1474
Vacancy Description
School of Psychology and Neuroscience, Salary: £31,342-£34,233 per annum, Start: 12 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, Fixed term for 3 years
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience at St. Andrews is seeking a Research Fellow for 3 years. The position is available from 12th January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter, in the area of visual motion processing.  The project is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between the universities of St. Andrews (Harris, psychophysics, eye movements), York (Wade and Morland, fMRI, EEG, TMS) and Bradford (Bloj, clinical vision science).  Motion is known to be critical for the 'where' functions of the dorsal pathway; very little attention has been placed on how binocular information for motion is processed, nor what pathways carry out that processing. In this project we explore how binocular visual information about motion-in-depth (MID) is processed and carried by several different visual pathways.  The focus at St. Andrews will be on using psychophysics and eye movement recording, but we will coordinate closely with imaging and clinical projects based in the collaborating institutions.

The post will involve designing and running human psychophysical and eye movement experiments on 3D motion perception. The post-holder will also be responsible for presenting the work at international conferences and preparing manuscripts for submission to leading journals.

Candidates should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline, and a PhD, ideally in human vision or cognitive neuroscience (those holding qualifications in cognate disciplines will be considered). Experience of scientific programming, ideally for visual psychophysics experiments, or for eye movement studies or cognitive neuroscience, is essential (preferably using Matlab). Experience of designing and running visual motion experiments will be highly desirable, as will experience of publishing in high profile scientific journals. All members of the project team will travel regularly to meet with collaborators. The project is funded via the BBSRC and will be carried out in Prof. Julie Harris’ laboratory.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Julie Harris (jh81@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This is a fixed term post for 3 years.

Interview Date: 15 October 2014

Please quote ref: SB1474

Closing Date: 10 September 2014

Further Particulars: SB1474AR FPs.pdf

School of Psychology and Neuroscience
Salary: £31,342-£34,233 per annum
Start: 12 January 2015
Fixed term for 3 years