[Comp-neuro] 3-year sensory-motor learning research fellow position at University of Birmingham

Joseph Galea (School of Psychology) J.Galea at bham.ac.uk
Mon May 9 11:18:06 CEST 2016

Dear all,

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position with Dr. Joe Galea (http://josephgalea.weebly.com) at University of Birmingham, UK (www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/index.aspx<http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/index.aspx>). The successful candidate will work on an ERC starting grant which will build upon recent work from the lab that has shown reward and punishment-based feedback to have dissociable effects on motor learning. Using a combination of behavioural analysis, genetics, pharmacology and modelling techniques this project will provide the first in-depth behavioural and neural account of the role of motivation (reward/punishment) in motor learning.

For 1st of October 2016, I am looking to appoint a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position. This role is aimed at developing a set of motor learning based tasks (model-based/ reinforcement/ use-dependent) that will be used to examine motivation in a range of motor learning settings. The postholder will be responsible for the programming of these tasks, testing them in a large set of healthy volunteers (who we will also collect genetic data from) and for the analysis of the behavioural data (kinematic/computational models).

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Psychology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Physics or Maths and have extensive experience with programming and running motor control/learning studies. Ideally they will be familiar with the KINARM end-point robot (B.KIN technologies) and/or be an expert with Simulink/Matlab (graphical-based programming). An ability to analyse behavioural data with matlab and perform computational analysis would be ideal. Finally they should have evidence of good academic writing and presentation skills through conference presentations and a strong (recent) publication record.

Detailed information can be found here:


Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr. Joseph Galea (j.galea at bham.ac.uk).

Closing date: 3/June/2016

Best regards,
Joseph Galea

Senior Birmingham Fellow
ERC Starting Grant Holder
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham, UK.

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