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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Phd position in London (2) -- cognitive modelling

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    Birkbeck University of London
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development and Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London, are offering 2 3-year fully funded PhD studentships to be supervised by Professors Denis Mareschal and Richard Cooper.

The projects are part of the Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience (MOTION) Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovative Infancy Research, a European Commission ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners.

Birkbeck University of London is particularly responsible for developing the following projects:


(2) Computational modelling of goal-directed action selection in infants: This project will combine motion capture and computational techniques to explore competing theoretical accounts of the development and control of goal-directed action sequences. The scientific purpose is to extend existing computational accounts of action selection to incorporate a mechanism for grouping actions performed over time into functional (i.e., goal-directed) sequences, and to evaluate those extensions against empirical findings.

What is funded

The Phd position wil cover, fees, stipend, reserach and traingin costs associated with work on this project as part of the Phd programme. Furhter details can be foudn on http://cbcd.bbk.ac.uk/research/two-marie-curie-phd-positions


36 Months form no later than October 1st, 2018.


The successful candidates will have Masters-level training in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience or Computational Modelling. The ideal candidate will have both empirical testing and computational modelling experience. However, we recognize the rarity of such a combination of skills and will consider applicants with strong background in one area and a willingness and aptitude to learn and develop in the other area. As the empirical component of the project involves working with children and/or infants, the successful candidate should have prior experience of working in child development context, or a demonstrable interest in developing such skills. Because the projects involve working with minors, all successful candidates will need to undergo a DBS (police) check prior to their appointment.

Important mobility constraints apply: Successful applicants cannot have resided in


the UK for more than 12 months in the past 36 months.


Applications should be submitted through http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2018/phd/programmes/RMPPSYCH, clearly stating that they wish to be considered for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions. The initial closing date for the positions will be April 6th, but applications will continue to be considered until suitable candidates have been appointed.

Informal enquiries can be sent to d.mareschal@bbk.ac.uk or r.cooper@bbk.ac.uk. Procedural enquiries concerning application to the Department of Psychological Sciences PhD programme should be directed to Ida Akhtar (i.akhtar@bbk.ac.uk).