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Research Technician

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University of York
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The Department of Psychology at the University of York is seeking a Technician (Research Assistant) from 1 June 2021 to contribute to a 3-year CRUK and EPSRC-funded project in the area of visual perception and complex cognitive processing. The position is full time and for a fixed term of up to three years. The purpose of the project is to understand the signal used in rapid perception of the broad meaning of the “gist” of a scene and establish how it might be exploited as a perceptual ‘risk factor’ and early sign of cancer in radiology. Data collection will be based on perceptual psychophysical tests and behavioural neuroimaging and computational methods. You will be based at the Department of Psychology at the University of York but will be part of a team involving researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Huston, USA and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.


This position is an ideal opportunity for someone with a strong technical background and an interest in cognitive science/neuroscience to explore the field as a possible steppingstone to postgraduate school. You will provide support to the research project, undertake research work within the overall programme, and assist with the day-to-day operation of the project. You will be responsible for designing and programming experiments, participant recruitment, data collection, and data analysis and data dissemination. You will be implementing and maintaining analysis software; creating and maintaining lab documentation; managing the lab's computational resources, website and storage within the department's cluster; providing technical support for lab personnel; and performing some basic administrative duties.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Achieved or predicted first class or upper 2:1 undergraduate degree or Master's degree in cognitive science, psychology, natural sciences or computer science.
  • Good command of experimental designs and statistical analysis.
  • Good computer skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python, HTML/JavaScript, shall scripting) and experience with the state-of-the-art in deep learning and ability to use off-the-shelf pre-trained models, training models from scratch, and evaluation methods.
  • Experience in psychophysics (including programming psychophysical experiments), cognitive sciences, and/or visual perception is highly desirable.
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research.
  • Ability to assess non-routine problems and implement solutions within own expertise
  • Ability to maintain a positive, open attitude toward others, to value and support colleagues, to adapt to change quickly and easily and demonstrate personal resilience
  • Good planning, organisational and documentation skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Karla K. Evans on

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