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Leverhulme Trust funded Research Associate (fields of economics, engineering (control and dynamical systems) and neuroscience) (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Faculty of Economics is looking to hire a Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow starting December 2022 or early 2023, although the starting date is negotiable. The current funding is guaranteed from the Leverhulme Trust.

We are looking for a candidate with an interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching straddling the attached to Prof. Peter Bossaerts' Leverhulme Trust International fields of economics, engineering (control and dynamical systems) and neuroscience. The post is Professorship. The research aims at exploring and understanding human adaptability in the face of uncertainty. For this position, the successful candidate should be an expert in adaptive control, in particular model-reference based adaptive control (MRAC). Knowledge of economics is not a must, but familiarity with it is a plus, especially if this concerns decision-making under uncertainty. Alternatively, prior exposure to computational neuroscience, in particular reinforcement learning, is desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to work on exploring MRAC as a framework to understand human decision-making under uncertainty, its neurobiological foundations, and related psychological and psychiatric phenomena. S/he is to aim to publish in high-impact academic journals. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the collegial and intellectual life of the Economics Faculty and help promote interdisciplinarity across campus.

Successful candidates who have been awarded their undergraduate degree and have shown prior work experience in the aforementioned areas will be employed on University Grade 7 for Research Associates, starting at £32,816 to £40,322 per annum.

Applications should consist of:

  • a curriculum vitae;

  • expression of interest cover letter;

  • transcripts proving relevant prior education;

  • published prior work on relevant topics.

Three references will be sought upon receipt of application.

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Please quote reference JH31907 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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