Position: Post-doctoral research assistant, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Position: Post-doctoral research assistant, Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £36,150 rising to £41,318 per annum.


A postdoctoral research assistant is required to lead the day-to-day running of the experiments as set out in the Leverhulme Trust Research grant, ‘The social side of face perception: Insights from atypical development’, awarded to Dr Marie Smith (Birkbeck), Prof Emily Farran (UCL IOE) and Prof Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck), in collaboration with Dr Louise Ewing (UEA). One of our most important skills is the ability to rapidly and accurately ‘read’ information from faces. For many, however, this process is compromised, leading to interpersonal and broader difficulties functioning in our highly social world. Studying the mechanisms driving these atypical systems also provides invaluable insights into the typical functioning of our complex face-processing system. This project will investigate two neurodevelopmental disorders (Williams syndrome and Down Syndrome) with unique phenotypic profiles that offer a rare opportunity to disentangle different contributions to face-processing expertise (e.g., perceptual and more social). We will combine psychophysical and neuroimaging methodologies to address key questions in the field.




Candidate Requirements

The post holder will be responsible for running the experiments as set out in the grant both in the lab and on location in schools and participants’ homes. Experiments will involve behavioural and EEG/ERP methodologies, as well as coding and analysing data from these measures. Some data analysis will be conducted using MATLAB and although it is not essential that the post-holder be expert with this software on application, a willingness to learn and ability to do so is essential to this post. Previous experience with EEG/ERPs is an advantage but not necessary as training will be provided.



Please note that the post is initially for a fixed term period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension up to a fixed term of three years.



For more details and a link to the application pack: http://tinyurl.com/h6zs5w9