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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).
The University of Glasgow as an Athena SWAN Charter member (http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/) is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.
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/.