Town/City:

Birmingham


Position type:

Full time


Salary:

£27,511.00 - £30,046.00

02 Apr 2021
18 Apr 2021

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-210000FQ

Job details:

School of Psychology

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £26,715 to £30,046. As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 6.26, salary £30,046.

Grade 6

Full Time/FTC for until 31st December 2021

 

 

The successful candidate will work on an ERC proof-of-concept grant (lab of Dr. Joseph Galea).This grant will build upon recent work from the lab that has shown reward-based feedback to have a powerful effect on motor learning and performance. The goal of the grant is to work in collaboration with a company (Obi Robotics) to develop reward-based virtual reality tasks (in Unity) that focus on improving hand function in stroke patients through the use of a novel virtual reality motion tracking glove. I am looking to appoint a highly motivated 8-month research associate (1st May 2021 start date) whose main role will be to test these novel tasks. The post holder will be responsible for the programming of these tasks in Unity, testing them in healthy older adults/stroke patients, and for the analysis of the behavioural data (kinematic/computational models). On the basis of this work, the researcher will also be required to generate publications. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience with programming motor tasks, ideally using Unity and virtual reality, and also experience in testing human participants. Experience in motor control/learning is important but other appropriate backgrounds may include engineering or computer science.

 

Summary of Role

  • To work in collaboration with a company (Obi Robotics) to develop reward-based virtual reality tasks (in Unity) that focus on improving hand function in stroke patients.
  • The post holder will be expected to contribute to the programming of these tasks in Unity, testing them in healthy older adults/stroke patients, and for the analysis of the behavioural data (kinematic/computational models).
  • On the basis of this work, the researcher will also be required to generate publications and possibly be involved in writing future grant applications.

 

Main Duties

  • To program and develop hand-based motor learning tasks in virtual reality using Unity.
  • To collaborate and closely interact with Obi Robotics (VR business).
  • To conduct experiments on human subjects (younger adults/older adults/stroke patients).
  • To analyse data using behavioural and computational approaches.
  • To interpret results of own research and generate ideas based on outcomes.
  • To generate research manuscripts in a timely manner.
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research.
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research.
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Analyse research data as directed
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the research
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

 

Person specification

  • BSc and/or MSc in Computer Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Physics or Maths.
  • Research experience in human motor performance. This could include experience in the collection (participant recruitment/testing) and/or analysis (behavioural/computational/statistical) of behavioural data.
  • Experience in programming hand-based virtual reality tasks in Unity.
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills.
  • Practical experience of applying the relevant skills and techniques
  • Ability to analyse information and communicate effectively
  • Ability to access and organise resources successfully
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

 

Informal enquires to Dr Joseph Galea, email: j.galea@bham.ac.uk phone: 0121 414 3601

 

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