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PhD in Psychology: Computing the Face Syntax of Social Communication
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. As 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.
Primary supervisor: Prof. 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).
o Outstanding academic record. At least a 1st class Honours Bachelor's degree or Master’s degree with Distinction 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 Master’s level knowledge of statistics and data analysis used in Psychology;
o Strong work ethic
o Computer programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, OpenGL, Python, Java)
How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:
Funding is available to cover tuition fees for international applicants for 3 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,609 for Session 2021-22).
Location: Gilmorehill Campus/Main Building
Job Family: Research and Teaching
Position Type: Full-Time
Full-time Permanent Faculty Positions: Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN) at the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology (INP), University of Glasgow, Scotland
The Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN) is actively pursuing multiple research appointments at all levels (Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Reader/Associate Professor, Professor/Full Professor) to enrich our internationally connected research-intense environment and world-leading reputation in social perception, social cognition, social neuroscience, social interaction and communication, with an emerging leadership in behaviour change. cSCAN members operate in a research-rich capacity, with teaching-rich staff leading in the innovation and delivery of education.
Research focus. cSCAN is a uniquely interdisciplinary research environment that brings together international researchers across a range of complementary disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering who work together to address central questions in social, cognitive, and affective science.
Interdisciplinary links. Our researchers have close links with centres and departments across the university, including:
- Computing Sciences. Our interdisciplinary Glasgow Social Robotics group was recently awarded a UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents with funding for 50 PhD students over the next 8 years (https://socialcdt.org/)
- Institute of Health and Well-Being. Many of our members work closely with top researchers in this world-leading interdisciplinary research centre focused on improving population health and reducing inequalities.
Facilities and in-house expertise. A wide variety of state-of-the-art methods and technologies are available:
- Full, on-site brain-imaging suite comprising 7T fMRI, 3T fMRI, MEG, EEG and TMS via the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi) with expertise in combining technologies (e.g., fMRI+EEG, MEG+Eye tracking, EEG+TMS). Affiliate facilities include ECoG at The Glasgow Epilepsy Centre
- A range of technologies used for studying human behavior as well as for the design of applications, including virtual reality environments and the cSCAN’s own state of the art tools for creating virtual and robotic social agents, specifically for generating dialog, posture, gestures, facial actions and facial morphology.
- Multiple technologies for capturing behaviour, including eye trackers, 3D facial morphology, motion capture systems and voice capture.
Researchers also have the following dedicated research support facilities:
- Online, secure Subject Pool (1000+ members, 16-80+ years, 100+ nationalities)
- In-house computing support team providing 6+ Petabytes of storage, High Performance Computing (HPC, 5k cores, 5Tb RAM, 20+ GPU cards), high-security data management systems, advice, sourcing and installation of high-performance computing equipment and software development of on-line research facilities
Please contact cSCANemail@example.com for further information
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The Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology/School of Psychology, as a Bronze award holder, recognises the Athena SWAN Charter, promotes open and fair policies for equality and supports flexible working arrangements.
Further information and local Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team contact details can be found at http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/psychology/athenaswan/.