Social Robots

A European Research Council funded Social Neuroscience Research Project

Throughout the course of the 5 year Social Robots project (2016 - 2021), the research team will include a robotics programmer, two social/cognitive neuroscience postdoctoral research fellows, up to three PhD students, and a part-time research coordinator. Start dates for all of these positions will be between October 2016 and October 2018.  More details for the specific positions currently being advertised can be found below. If you think you would make a fantastic addition to the Social Robots team, get in touch with Emily via e-mail (please include your CV) - e [dot] cross [at] bangor [dot] ac [dot] uk


PhD Studentship (3 years) - ANNA'S POST

The Social Brain in Action Lab at the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a PhD student to work on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross.  This position is available as 0.5 FTE fixed-term research project support officer posts with the understanding that the successful applicant will be appointed as a full-time PhD student on the project. The length of this funded post is 3 years. 

The Social Robots project investigates how on-going experience with sophisticated humanoid robots shapes social perception and interaction. In addition to long-term training interventions, the project aims to identify how lifespan and cultural experience shape the human side of human-robot interactions, in terms of behaviour and brain activity.

Selection Criteria

-  MSc or equivalent degree in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field (with completion of the masters thesis before the PhD project starts)

-  Excellent skills in preparing and conducting behavioural psychological experimental studies

-  Considerable experimental creativity and originality

-  Experience working with young children or older adult populations is highly desirable

-  Experience with fMRI or TMS data collection and analysis is desirable but not essential

-  Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary setting

-  Outstanding organisational skills

 

Description of Research Environment

The Social Brain in Action Laboratory is an international research group housed within Bangor University’s the School of Psychology, which offers outstanding facilities for conducting social and cognitive neuroscience research and is consistent ranked a world-leading department in terms of research and teaching. The university town of Bangor is situated between the golden beaches of the Isle of Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

Terms and Conditions

The initial appointmentwill be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. This appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1 October 2017.
 

Applications
Applications will only be accepted via Bangor’s on-line PhD application portal: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. This position will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Bangor University & the Social Brain in Action Lab are committed to equal opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Research Lead (2-4 years) Reference: BU01210

The Social Brain in Action Lab at Bangor University's School of Psychology invites applications for a fixed-term, full time post-doctoral researcher to work on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross. The successful applicant will be the coordinator of the first major research stream of the Social Robots project, which involves using behavioural, neuroimaging (fMRI) and neurostimulation (TMS/tDCS) measures to explore experience-dependent plasticity among healthy young adults, young children, and older adults across prolonged periods of human-robot interaction.  Duties will include working to develop all research materials related to the first and second research streams of the Social Robots project, data collection, data analysis (in collaboration with other team members), responsibility for all academic outputs and reports, and any other duties commensurate with experience.  The research fellow will be a key member of the Social Robots team and will work closely with other team members. Ample opportunties for the post holder to be involved in outreach and public engagement are available as well.


A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or Computer Science), as well as outstanding written and spoken communication skills are essential.  The successful applicant is expected to have a track record in publishing high quality papers, including a significant number of 1st author papers.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1 October, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the possibility for a 1 to 2 year extension subsequent to outstanding performance. The starting salary for this post is £31,656 - £33,574 p.a. (on Grade 7).

To apply, please follow the following two steps: 

1) Send a full CV, detailed motivation letter & contact details of 3 academic references to e.cross@bangor.ac.uk . Please also send up to 3 publications or manuscripts in press that provide the clearest indications of your research contributions to date. 

2) Submit a formal application through Bangor University's HR recruitment site (at the bottom of this page, there is a 'Apply for Job' button - please click this then follow all directions). Closing date for applications to be received via Bangor's recruiting site: 11:59PM (GMT), Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Due to the tight timeline for recruiting, we will begin to review applications on 9 August 2016 (this is why we request CV & motivation letter to be sent separately to Prof. Cross before the actual closing date on the recruitment website).  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Monday, 22 August, and we anticipate holding interviews (either in person or via Skype) the week of 22 August. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Committed To Equal Opportunities


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Robotics Programming Focus (2-4 years) Reference: BU01212

The Social Brain in Action Lab at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a fixed-term research officer (equivalent to a postdoctoral fellow) to serve primarily as a computer and robotics programmer for the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross. The post is advertised as 0.8 FTE in the first instance, with actual FTE for the appointment to be agreed upon between the successful applicant and PI. The successful applicant will consult on robot selection and will programme and modify the humanoid robots used for all experiments involved in the ‘Social Robots’ project. In addition, the successful applicant will serve as a liasion between the robotics and social neuroscience communities. He or she will work closely with the PI to ensure all robotic aspects of experimental work incorporate the cutting edge of hardware and software developments, facilitate communication of project findings to the robotics community by way of conference presentations and publications targeted at specialised robotics journals (e.g., International Journal of Robotics Research; IEEE Transactions on Robotics, etc.), and generally support the other team members with the technical elements of their empirical research. The research officer will be a key member of the Social Robots team and will work closely with other team members. Ample opportunties for the post holder to be involved in outreach and public engagement are available as well.


A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or Psychology), as well as outstanding programming skills are essential. Experience working with robotic interfaces is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1 October, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the possibility for a 1 to 2 year extension subsequent to outstanding performance. The starting salary for this post is £31,656 - £33,574 p.a. pro rata (on Grade 7).

 

To apply, please follow the following two steps: 

1) Send a full CV, detailed motivation letter & contact details of 3 academic references to e.cross@bangor.ac.uk . Please also send up to 3 publications or manuscripts in press that provide the clearest indications of your research contributions to date. 

2) Submit a formal application through Bangor University's HR recruitment site (at the bottom of this page, there is a 'Apply for Job' button - please click this then follow all directions). Closing date for applications to be received via Bangor's recruiting site: 11:59PM (GMT), Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Due to the tight timeline for recruiting, we will begin to review applications on 9 August 2016 (this is why we request CV & motivation letter to be sent separately to Prof. Cross before the actual closing date on the recruitment website).  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Monday, 22 August, and we anticipate holding interviews (either in person or via Skype) the week of 22 August. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Committed To Equal Opportunities


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - HRI/Robotics Focus (2-4 years) Reference: BU01212 [this ad removed after bhishaka was hired - march 17]

The Social Brain in Action Lab at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a fixed-term research officer (equivalent to a postdoctoral fellow) to serve as the lead robotics/HRI researcher and programmer on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross. The post is advertised as 0.8 FTE in the first instance, with actual FTE for the appointment to be agreed upon between the successful applicant and PI. The successful applicant will consult on robot selection and will programme and modify the humanoid robots used for all experiments involved in the ‘Social Robots’ project. In addition, the successful applicant will serve as a liasion between the robotics and social neuroscience communities. He or she will work closely with the PI to ensure all robotic aspects of experimental work incorporate the cutting edge of hardware and software developments, develop new research questions and approaches using appropriate robotics/VR platforms with social cognition questions, facilitate communication of project findings to the robotics community by way of conference presentations and publications targeted at specialised robotics journals (e.g., International Journal of Robotics Research; IEEE Transactions on Robotics, etc.), and generally support the other team members with the technical elements of their empirical research. The research officer will be a key member of the Social Robots team and will work closely with other team members. Ample opportunties for the post holder to be involved in outreach and public engagement are available as well.


A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., Robotics, HRI, Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or Psychology), experience working with with humanoid robotic interfaces, and outstanding programming skills are essential. Experience working in the HRI domain is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1 January, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the possibility for a 1 to 2 year extension subsequent to outstanding performance. The starting salary for this post is £31,656 - £33,574 p.a. pro rata (on Grade 7).

 

To apply, please follow the following two steps: 

1) Send a full CV, detailed motivation letter & contact details of 3 academic references to e.cross@bangor.ac.uk . Please also send up to 3 publications or manuscripts in press that provide the clearest indications of your research contributions to date. 

2) Submit a formal application through Bangor University's HR recruitment site (at the bottom of this page, there is a 'Apply for Job' button - please click this then follow all directions). Closing date for applications to be received via Bangor's recruiting site: 11:59PM (GMT), Friday, 28 October 2016

We will begin formal review of applications on 2 November 2016, but informal review of emailed materials will begin immediately (this is why we request CV & motivation letter to be sent separately to Prof. Cross before the actual closing date on the recruitment website).  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Thursday, 1 December, and we anticipate holding interviews (either in person or via Skype) the week of 5 December. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Please directinquiries to Prof. Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Committed To Equal Opportunities


2 PhD Studentships (3 years each)

The Social Brain in Action Lab at the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for two (2) PhD students to work on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross.  These positions are available as 0.5 FTE fixed-term research project support officer posts with the understanding that the successful applicants will be appointed as full-time PhD students on the project. The length of each funded post is 3 years. 

The Social Robots project investigates how on-going experience with sophisticated humanoid robots shapes social perception and interaction. In addition to long-term training interventions, the project aims to identify how lifespan and cultural experience shape the human side of human-robot interactions, in terms of behaviour and brain activity.

Selection Criteria

-  MSc or equivalent degree in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field (with completion of the masters thesis before the PhD project starts)

-  Excellent skills in preparing and conducting behavioural psychological experimental studies

-  Considerable experimental creativity and originality

-  Experience working with young children or older adult populations is highly desirable but not essential

-  Experience with fMRI or TMS data collection and analysis is desirable but not essential

-  Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary setting

-  Outstanding organisational skills

 

Description of Research Environment

The Social Brain in Action Laboratory is an international research group housed within Bangor University’s the School of Psychology, which offers outstanding facilities for conducting social and cognitive neuroscience research and is consistent ranked a world-leading department in terms of research and teaching. The university town of Bangor is situated between the golden beaches of the Isle of Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

Terms and Conditions

The initial appointment for both positions will be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. Each appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

The successful candidates will be expected to commence between 1 October, 2016 and 1 October 2017.
 

Applications
Applications will only be accepted via Bangor’s on-line PhD application portal: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/

Closing date for applications: 11:59PM (GMT), Monday, 8 August 2016. These positions will remain open until filled by suitable candidates.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Committed To Equal Opportunities


Part-time Research Coordinator (2 - 5 years)

The Social Brain in Action Lab (SoBA Lab) at the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a research project support officer to work on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross.  This position is available as a 0.2 FTE fixed-term appointment. The FTE may vary depending on operational factors. The post is advertised for 2 years initially with the possibility to be extended for an additional 3 years.

The ERC project investigates how on-going experience with sophisticated humanoid robots shapes social perception and interaction. In addition to long-term training interventions, the project aims to identify how lifespan and cultural experience shape the human side of human-robot interactions, in terms of behaviour and brain activity.

Selection Criteria

-       At least a BSc (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline

-       Outstanding organisational skills

-       Experience working with young children or older adult populations is highly desirable but not essential

-       Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary setting

Description of Research Environment

The Social Brain in Action Laboratory is an international research group housed within Bangor University’s the School of Psychology, which offers outstanding facilities for conducting social and cognitive neuroscience research and is consistent ranked a world-leading department in terms of research and teaching. The university town of Bangor is situated between the golden beaches of the Isle of Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Terms and Conditions

The initial appointment for the position will be for a period of one year, with an extension of up to 4 years possible after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility.


The successful candidate will be expected to commence between 1 October, 2016 and 1 February 2017. The starting salary for the post is 0.2FTE of £25,023 (Grade 6.22).
 

Applications
Applications will only be accepted via Bangor’s on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. A link to the online application portal can be found here. Interviews will be scheduled to take place as soon as possible after this closing date. This position will remain open until it is filled by a suitable candidate.
Closing date for applications: 11:59PM (GMT), Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (e.cross@bangor.ac.uk)

For more information on the Social Brain in Action Laboratory, please visit www.soba-lab.com
Committed To Equal Opportunities

 



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