PhD position in Psychology
Sort on published: 2017-11-27
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Project Title: How is motor development related to the emergence of executive control?
Recruiting Department: Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Supervisor: Professor Gustaf Gredebäck, Uppsala University (email@example.com)
We are looking for talented and motivated candidates for one PhD position, 4 years, 100%, of which the first three years are financed by the EU and the forth by Uppsala University. The student will be offered a competitive salary. Starting date: no later than January 2018.
This project will assess infants’ ability to plan their own actions in multiple steps, for example, reaching for a toy and placing it on a surface or using it to achieve a secondary goal. Prior work has demonstrated that the velocity of infants’ initial reaching is influenced by the difficulty of grasping the target object. We will test whether Fitts’s law can describe infants’ predictive actions, which states that the time required to reach for a target object is a function of the ratio between the distance to the target and its size. The aim of the project is to better understand how infants’ multiple-step action planning develops during naturalistic interactions with the physical world. We will also assess how these emerging planning abilities are related to later emerging executive control abilities.
The position is based at the Uppsala Child and Babylab at Uppsala University, but research visits for the PhD student are planned to Qualisys a motion capture company in Gothenburg (1 month) and the University of Lancaster (5 months).
The Uppsala Child and Babylab (www.babylab.se) consists of more than 30 researchers and doctoral students. It has a strong international focus and has recently been evaluated as world-leading (KOF-07 and KOF-11).
The position is part of MOTION, a pan-European Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Innovative Training Network project that aims to develop new tools to assess infant cognition in real-world ecological settings.
For a candidate to be considered for a Marie-Curie position, it is a requirement that they have not lived longer than 12 months during the past 3 years in the country that offers the position.
What we expect from you: The applicant must have a basic university degree with psychology as a major subject. For more information, see http://psyk.uu.se/admissions/phd-studies
The applicant must have strong English language skills in writing as well as communication skills in general, and the ability to work in a team.
Desirable criteria. Experience with testing children or infants, as well as relevant research experience involving experimental methods related to this project such as motion tracking, eye tracking, EEG or experience in computer programming will be distinct advantages.
The application should be written in Swedish or in English and contain:
- Application for admission: https://mp.uu.se/documents/432512/983501/81624_ansokan_forskarniva_eng.pdf/328bc438-99f8-4a4a-9039-19d8b53867a1
- Attested degree certificate/s that confirms eligibility
- Record of completed courses included in your degree/s
- Master thesis in psychology or equivalent
- A research proposal, maximum 5 pages, http://psyk.uu.se/admissions/phd-studies/application
- Contact information to academic references
For more information, please contact professor Gustaf Gredebäck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Welcome to submit your application no later than December 13, 2017. UFV-PA 2017/4282.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Psychology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4282
Last application date: 2017-12-13