Post-doctoral Researcher on Social Neuroscience & Visual Culture - University of London

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
1 Jul 2019
£35,807 to £43,179
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Fixed term until September 1st 2020

London (Warburg Institute)

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

The Warburg Institute (Part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London) is now recruiting for one full time fixed term Post-Doctoral Researcher for 12 months. The role will be in association with the project "Body & Image in Arts & Sciences" (BIAS, see, led by Professor Manos Tsakiris.

The Role

The Post-doctoral Researcher will be associated with the project “Body & Image in Arts & Sciences” (BIAS) led by Professor Manos Tsakiris, and funded by the NOMIS Foundation. The project is based at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study at the University of London. The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture, renowned for its cross-disciplinary approach and global reach.

“Body & Image in Arts & Sciences Project” (BIAS)

The BIAS project aims at addressing timely research questions at the intersection of sciences and humanities with a particular focus on the biological mechanisms and cultural factors that shape our relations to other people in a culture powered by images. In particular, the BIAS project is focused on how we bodily and cognitively respond to photojournalistic images of human suffering, the dehumanization of social groups in the media, bodily responses to works of art, and one important overarching theme is the role of such processes for socio-political behaviour. The research aims will be addressed by a range of research activities, including experimental work, seminars, workshops, conferences, and, involving a network of international research partners in humanities, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. A sample of our recent work can be found here:

The post-holder must have (or be expected to have submitted by the start date of the position) a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline. Strong experience in the areas of social-affective neuroscience and/or political psychology is essential. Successful applicants will have strong skills in experimental design, programming, data management and statistics of behavioural and psychophysiological data. Experience with fMRI and/or EEG are highly desirable. The post-holder’s main duties and responsibilities will be to (i) initiate new lines of research as part of the BIAS project, (ii) design and implement online and lab-based experiments and (iii) contribute to the overall activities of the team.

The post-holder must also be prepared to acquire, with the guidance of the investigator, knowledge of theoretical issues in humanities, including history of culture and philosophy of mind/ perception. He/she will have access to a newly-formed psychophysiology laboratory at the Warburg Institute, as well as access to functional neuroimaging facilities at Royal Holloway, University of London and/or School of Advanced Study.

The post will start on August/September 2019 and will end on September 1st 2020

Further Information 

To apply for this role, please click on the below apply button and submit the following:

Your CV (that it also includes your Publications List), and

A 1-page statement that outlines your research interests and relevant research experience. Please combine the CV and the 1-page statement in one single pdf document. You will be unable to upload these individually. 

The role closes at midnight on 1st July 2019. 

Interviews are due to take place on 11th/12th July 2019 at the Warburg Institute and candidates are recommended to have availability. 

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