*Postdoc position: Integrating Deep Learning and Semantic Information to
Improve Models of Human Eye-Movements*

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual for a one-year Postdoc
position working at the interface between sensory neuroscience and computer
vision. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to be named
researcher on a planned MRC/EPSRC grant application that will follow-up on
the current project, potentially providing continued employment. The
project will be based at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging
Centre and the School of Computer Science and Informatics. It will be
jointly supervised by Dr Christoph Teufel (human vision), Dr Matthias
Treder (machine learning/computer vision), and Dr Liz Irvine (philosophy).
Ideally, the successful candidate will start towards the end of 2019, or
beginning of 2020.

For further details, please contact Christoph Teufel ([log in to unmask])
or Matthias Treder ([log in to unmask]).

This post is full-time and fixed-term for 1 year.

Salary  £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).  It is not expected to
appoint above £33,797 per annum, salary point 30.

*Date advert posted: Friday, 18 October 2019Closing Date: Monday, 18
November 2019Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to
close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.Cardiff
University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity
and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be
achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of
staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a
University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and
economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our
employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives,
we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share

*Evidencing Criteria* - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the
person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should
evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where
relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be
asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure
when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you
name it with the vacancy reference number.

Job Description
To conduct research within human and computer vision and contribute to the
overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out
research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To
pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.


   - To develop a computer model that captures contextual effects in human
   eye-movement control. This will involve working with convolutional neural
   networks and embeddings, or similar tools.
   - To conduct research within human and computer vision and contribute to
   the overall research performance of the School and University by the
   production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing
   in high-quality scientific journals, and presenting at national and
   international conferences.
   - To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research
   including research funding proposals
   - To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research
   project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the
   implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely
   - To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as
   - To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
   - To participate in School research activities.
   - To build and create networks both internally and externally to the
   university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements,
   and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects

* Other*

   - To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector
   organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc.,
   regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to
   cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for
   collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected
   to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and
   national profile

Person Specification

*Essential CriteriaQualifications and Education*

   1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or
   relevant industrial experience

*Knowledge, Skills and Experience*

   1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or
   relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
      - Machine learning, in particular convolutional neural networks for
      image data using Python
   2. Sufficient understanding of human vision to guide model development
   3. Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals
   4. Sufficient knowledge and understanding of competitive research
   funding to be able to support the development of applications to funding

*Communication and Team Working*

   1. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication


   1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working
   within work
   2. Proven ability to work without close supervision.

*Desirable Criteria*

   1. Experience of working in a cross-disciplinary team at the interface
   of visual neuroscience and computer vision.
   2. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and
   external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of
   the School.

Additional Information

*About us*

The project will be housed at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging
Centre (CUBRIC) ( in collaboration with
the School of Computer Science and Informatics. CUBRIC is part of the
School of Psychology (, which is one of the largest
and strongest in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF),
Cardiff was one of the UK's top three universities for its world-leading
research in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. The imaging centre is
one of the largest and technologically most advanced in Europe, with
state-of-the art testing facilities, a world-class community of clinical
and cognitive neuroscience researchers and a thriving postdoctoral research
group. The School of Computer Science & Informatics engages in world-class
research in knowledge engineering, complex systems, and visual computing.
Research is supported by national and international funding sources
including Royal Society, EPSRC, and the European Union, and further boosted
by collaborations with industry partners such as IBM UK and Cancer Research

*General Information*

The School of Psychology with over 50 academic staff, over 600
undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students is one of the largest and most
successful in the UK (  We are recognised
internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and
research-led teaching. Many individuals in the School are leading figures
in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we
entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological
medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state
of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of
psychology. In particular, CUBRIC opened in Spring 2016, housing a unique
combination of facilities and expertise that will further its world-leading
research in Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry.
CUBRIC is currently one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in
Europe housing 3T MRI, 7T MRI, and Connectome MRI scanners, MEG, EEG, Sleep
Labs, and Behavioural Testing Labs (please see,

Cardiff is the youngest capital city in Europe and the fastest growing in
the UK. It plays host to many national and international sporting events at
the Millennium Stadium ( Culturally, the
city is thriving, with the Wales Millennium Centre (
in Cardiff Bay. Cardiff is in very close proximity to the beautiful Welsh
countryside ( and stunning beaches (,
has a two hour rail link to London and a one hour air link to Paris and
Amsterdam (


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