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The York Neuroimaging Centre in the Department of Psychology is seeking a post-doctoral research associate on a new ESRC-funded project. This work will investigate the neural basis of visual symmetry perception. 

The project has four work packages. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing one of the work packages, which will be undertaken at the University of York under the supervision of Tony Morland.  The collaborative project is led by Alexis Makin at the University of Liverpool and has multiple co-investigators with complementary expertise in visual neuroscience and psychophysics at Liverpool (Marco Bertamini, Giula Rampone and Andrew Jones) and University of Surrey (Juha Silvanto). 


You will assist with all stages of the research process (experimental design, programming, participant recruitment, MRI data acquisition and analysis, publication of top-quality research papers). Develop a comprehensive understanding of the relevant literature. Coordinate scientific activity between all members of the team.  Present the results at national and international conferences.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A doctorate in Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related area (or very near to completion). 
  • An excellent record of peer reviewed publications (considering career stage).
  • Independent skills with advanced quantitative data analysis and programming (e.g. in Python, Matlab and R).
  • Expertise in data collection and analysis using fMRI or other neuroimaging techniques. 
  • A strong background understanding of visual neuroscience, cognitive science, or related fields. 

Project summary: When does perceptual organisation happen?

The visual brain organises and interprets information from the retinal image. It must work out what features belong to the same object, how surfaces are arranged in depth, which surface features are caused by illumination and which by pigmentation. Our project will test when and how the visual brain performs some of these functions.

Visual symmetry is the ideal stimulus to study this problem. It is known, from our fMRI work and that of others, that symmetry activates range in a range of areas in human visual system. In the work planned at the University of York we will extend our fMRI measures to include multivariate assessments of symmetry-related signals under different task conditions.  This work will be integrated with the parallel work planned at Liverpool, which will use Event Related Potential (ERP) measures as a biomarker of perceptual organisation, and neurostimulation (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) work planned at Surrey.

The starting salary is £32,817. The appointment is available for 30 months.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Tony Morland (Tel: + 44 (0)1904 32 2860; Email:

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