Research Assistant, Social Cognition - Image Processing

  • Kelburn
  • Temporary
  • Fri Feb 7 00:21:50 2020
  • 2000047

  • Research Assistant, Part-Time (0.50 FTE.), Fixed Term, 12 months, School of Psychology
  • Are you skilled in image processing, time-lapse photography, and basic statistics?
  • Can you evidence university-level course work in biology, plant biology or related areas?

Dr. Jason Low, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, is looking for a Research Assistant to work on studies related to his Marsden-funded project on the cognitive and sensorimotor processes underpinning theory-of-mind (social cognition) ability. Key responsibilities include assisting the research team with designing stimuli and setting-up tasks to measure human adults’ mental-state tracking, action responses and reaction times; recruiting participants; collecting, coding and entering data; and providing roving research support as required.

The Research Assistant will also assist Dr. Low in broadening and applying his team’s latest research findings that theory-of-mind ability is revealed in and reliant upon motor action capabilities; the research assistant will help canvass behavioral experiments to assess whether certain movements in plants are flexible enough to qualify as a kind of basic social cognition ability. The role requires a Bachelors or related degree in Psychology. Having background or experience in experimental approaches to psychological research on theory-of-mind cognition is essential. Evidence of relevant university-level course work in biology or a related area is also essential. Evidence of skills in image processing, time-lapse photography and video editing, with an understanding of basic statistics, is necessary. The ideal candidate must have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills along with a proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, so as to handle multiple simultaneous demands and work to a tight schedule. Familiarity with statistical software packages, and evidence of programming skills or a strong willingness to independently learn new tech skills, are desirable.

This position is ideally suited for a recent undergraduate who wants experience in a theory-of-mind research lab prior to applying for postgraduate study in this specific area.

The position is part-time from 30 March 2020 to 30 March 2021.

Role description

Applications close: 5 March 2020

Contact Details for Vacancy: Dr. Jason Low, School of Psychology, +64 4 463 6721 but applications should follow the steps below.

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