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Wellcome Trust LEAP Research Associate

Closing date: 
Tuesday, 11 April 2023

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

A position exists for a talented Research Associate to join a fast-paced and dynamic Wellcome Trust LEAP 1kD project on early brain and cognitive development. This interdisciplinary research programme will develop lab-based and portable scalable tools - including dyadic-EEG, eye-tracking, motion-tracking, speech and video analytics - for the measurement of the effects of social interaction on infants' developing cognition and executive function. You will join a dynamic and friendly international consortium, based at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and working closely with Associate Prof. Victoria Leong in the Baby-LINC lab at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Prof. Zoe Kourtzi Cambridge, (UK), and contribute to scientific operations across the two or more international study sites.

The primary responsibility of the Research Associate will be to develop a deep phenotyping computational model of multimodal dyadic sociometric measurements (Leong & Schilbach, 2019; Leong, 2022) collected during parent-child social interactions, in order to predict child executive function (EF). The datasets to be modelled will feature sociometric variables extracted from dyadic electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) measurements, dyadic eye-tracking of maternal and infant pattern of eye gaze, dyadic motion and posture of mother and infant, and speech metrics.

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