[CogSci] Post doc in cognitive neuroscience/virtual reality research at University College London (movement trajectories, wearable MEG, human behaviour under threat, PI Dominik Bach)

Dominik R. Bach d.bach at ucl.ac.uk
Sun Aug 1 23:14:24 PDT 2021

We are looking for a research fellow in an ERC-funded research project 
"Action selection under threat - the complex control of human defence" 
led by Dominik Bach (http://bachlab.org 
at University College London. The position will be based at the 
Max-Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry 
OPM-MEG research takes place at the Wellcome Centre for Human 
Neuroimaging (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/ 
<http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/>). Our immersive virtual reality lab is 
based at the UCL Department for Clinical and Movement Neuroscience. 
These places offer world-class training and networking opportunities and 
an intellectually vibrant and inspiring research culture.

The overarching goal of the project is to understand the computational 
algorithms of decision-making under acute, immediate threat. We 
investigate this in an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment, in 
which people can move to avoid a large number of different threats. The 
candidate will design and perform human behavioural experiments and 
analyse movement trajectories. They will also develop and perform MEG 
experiments using wearable sensors (OPM). The role requires a good 
understanding of human VR experimentation as well as an interest in 
using wearable MEG. The interdisciplinary project team is composed of VR 
experts, psychologists, movement scientists, and decision theorists, and 
we are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a team 
environment. Within the topical focus, the project offers freedom to 
explore and develop novel experimental manipulations that allow 
inference on the mechanisms of decision-making and action selection.

Successful applicants will have an established track record of 
experimental human research using virtual reality or OPMs, and a strong 
interest in combining both. They will have a PhD in 
cognitive-computational (neuro)science, applied machine-learning, motor 
science, a quantitative field of psychology (e.g. decision-making, 
perception), or a related area by the agreed start date of the position. 
They will be keen to solve technical challenges. We are looking for an 
individual who is strongly motivated to pursue an academic career and is 
excited by the opportunities for personal and career development this 
position can provide.

The post is available from October 2021 and funded for up to 3 years 
with initial appointment for 1 year. Starting salary is on UCL grade 7, 
ranging from £36,028 to £43,533 per annum, inclusive of London 
Allowance, superannuable.

More information and access to the UCL online application portal: 
https://is.gd/sOiFPc <https://is.gd/sOiFPc>

Please contact d.bach at ucl.ac.uk <mailto:d.bach at ucl.ac.uk> for any 
queries about the project or role.

*Closing date: 24 August (tbc)*

Interviews will be held remotely in late August/early September.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Dominik R Bach MBBS PhD
Principal Research Fellow
Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London
bachlab.org | @bachlab_cog

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