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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL22148

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22148
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 14-May-2020
Closing date: 14-Jun-2020

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A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr Isabelle Mareschal’s group, to work on models of eye tracking in collaboration with Prof Peter Bex (Northeastern University, USA), Dr Antoine Coutrot (CNRS, Nantes) and Dr Olivier LeMeur (IRISA, Rennes).

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

The post-holder will conduct research to understand what draws people’s eye movements in scenes and develop new tools to model behaviour. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to experimental design, stimulus and experimental software generation, running experiments, analysing results and writing conference presentations and research papers. An ability to analyse data in R, Matlab or Python is essential. The candidate will join an international, multi-disciplinary team with cross site visits throughout the project. A PhD student also funded by the Leverhulme will collaborate with the PDRA on parts of the project.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in experimental psychology, computer science or a related field. The candidate should be able to provide evidence of expertise in visual psychophysics and should have excellent computing skills. Knowledge of eye movements, scene perception and statistical techniques would be an advantage as would a proven record of high quality published research. Self-motivation, an ability to work as part of a team and excellent research management and presentation skills are essential.

The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is a full-time position, available for a period of 3 years. The start date is 1st Sept 2020. The salary is in the range of £34,220 - £38,084 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a pension scheme.  

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and may be made to Dr Isabelle Mareschal via e-mail at

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Mareschal Lab, please visit

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The closing date for applications is 14 June 2020. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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