[Comp-neuro] Post doc position at UCL in human motion sequencing to investigate threat-related behaviour (PI Dominik R Bach)

Dominik R. Bach d.bach at ucl.ac.uk
Thu May 28 14:34:31 CEST 2020


We are looking for a for a Research Fellow in human motion sequencing, 
for an ERC-funded research project "Action selection under threat - the 
complex control of human defence" led by Dr Dominik Bach (bachlab.org).

The overarching goal of the project is to understand the 
cognitive-computational control of human motor behaviour under acute, 
immediate threat. We investigate this in an immersive virtual reality 
(VR) environment, in which people can move to avoid a large number of 
different threats. As part of this project, the candidate will conduct 
full-body motion capture recordings, recover kinematics and dynamics, 
and structure the ensuing trajectories using hierarchical statistical 
models incorporating movement mechanics. We want to find out how motor 
primitives and their sequences are shaped by threat features and by the 
cognitive mechanisms that they engage. For more background, see 
references below.

The post is based in London UK, at the Max Planck UCL Centre for 
Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research (www.mps-ucl-centre.mpg.de 
<www.mps-ucl-centre.mpg.de/>), which is part of the Wellcome Centre for 
Human Neuroimaging (fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk) at UCL Queen Square Institute of 
Neurology, a world-class research environment.

Applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in 
machine-learning, robotics, computer science, motor science, 
biomechanics, computational neuroscience, or a related area, by the 
agreed start date of the position. Experience with motion capture, 
inverse kinematics and dynamics (in humans or robots), movement 
trajectory analysis and structuring are essential. Strong background in 
contemporary machine-learning and applied statistics is essential, as 
are solid mathematical skills and good general IT and software 
development knowledge. Familiarity with virtual reality and/or 
human/animal defensive behaviour would be desirable.

The post is funded from Autumn 2020 for 3 years in the first instance. 
Starting salary on the UCL salary scale, £35,328 - £42,701 per annum, 
inclusive of London Allowance, superannuable. Closing date is 24. June 
2020. You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment 
system – bit.ly/2LYRH64. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed 
remotely in early-mid July.

Applicants may contact Dr Dominik Bach directly (email: 
d.bach at ucl.ac.uk) for further information.

References:

Bach & Dayan (2017) Nature Reviews Neurosciences 
<http://bachlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Bach-Dayan-2017-NRN-AlgorithmsForSurvival.pdf>

Korn & Bach (2019) Nature Human Behaviour 
<https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0603-9>

Please circulate - apologies for cross-posting.

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Dominik R Bach MBBS PhD
Principal Research Fellow
MPCUCL & WCHN, University College London
http://bachlab.org | @bachlab_cog

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