[NEW!] Fully funded 4-year Ph.D. Position

Dr. Rachael Jack is offering a fully ERC-funded Ph.D. opportunity on the project Computing the Face Syntax of Social Communication at the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology and School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

The project

This ambitious project aims to mathematically model the human face as an algebraic generator of dynamic social signals and build a psychologically and culturally valid generative model of social face signalling that is transferrable to social robots. The project will use a multidisciplinary approach that combines social and cultural psychology with dynamic 3D structural face computer graphics, vision science psychophysical methods, and mathematical psychology.

Since the project involves interdisciplinary knowledge and skills the ideal candidate would have experience of both computational (e.g., programming) and social psychology, for example via a joint degree or research experience/interests.

Research environment

The successful applicant will experience a unique and intellectually stimulating research environment within the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, undertake a specific programme of specialist research skill development, and contribute to progressing a strategic research agenda. The applicant will have access to (1) state-of- the-art 4D structural face imaging technology; (2) specialist in-house training on quantitative methods and statistical analyses (e.g., 4D image processing, model fitting); (3) postgraduate/postdoctoral communities; (4) a dedicated Research Technologist specializing in 3D and 4D computer graphics; (5) a dedicated IT support team providing data storage (>4 Petabytes), high-security data management systems, high-performance equipment and software; (6) an online Subject Pool (7,000+ members, 106 nationalities); and (7) international collaborators.

The Team

Primary supervisor: Dr. Rachael E. Jack

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Philippe G. Schyns 

The successful applicant will join an internationally renowned high performance and interdisciplinary research team, and will receive regular close supervision from Jack via weekly lab meetings to develop specialist knowledge and skills including 3D & 4D face capture and generation, advanced MATLAB programming, lab preparation, data collection, computing face signalling models, analyzing high-dimensional data, scientific writing, and producing high-quality data visualizations for presentations and publications. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to present at national and international academic conferences, participate in public engagement activities, and submit their work to high-impact and specialist peer reviewed academic journals. Successful applications could also have the opportunity to work with other interested parties (e.g., social robotics designers).

Required qualifications

o Outstanding academic record. At least a 2:1 Honours Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, or related fields;
o Excellent team working, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; o Demonstrated interest or research experience in psychology, social robotics, communication, or related fields;
o Undergraduate level knowledge of statistics and data analysis;
o Strong work ethic

Preferred qualifications

o Computer programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, OpenGL, Python, Java) Start date: September/October 2019

Application guidelines

Prepare one PDF document containing: (a) a CV; (b) university degree transcript; (c) and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Rachael Jack, including contact details of 3 referees. Send the PDF document to Rachael.Jack@glasgow.ac.uk. Also see here

Deadline for applications: May 31st 2019

[Other opportunities]Summer Scholarships 

We have supported a number of successful applications to the following schemes:

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship

Medical Research Scotland Vacation Scholarships

British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme

If would like to apply for a summer scholarship to gain research experience with us, please get in touch.