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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Post-doc Position in Experimental Psychology

06.07.2020, by Tina Keil

University of Essex, UK
Application deadline: August 16th, 2020

Logo: University of Essex
Logo: University of Essex

A Postdoc position is offered at the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, to work with Dr. Sebastian Korb and his team on an international and multidisciplinary project entitled ‘Neuromuscular electric stimulation and social cognition’.

This is a full-time position (36 hours per week) on a two-year fixed-term basis from the 1st of October 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is £33,797 - £35,845 per annum, depending on experience.

The project, which is financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), investigates the effects of facial somatosensory input on emotion recognition at the behavioural and neural level. Somatosensory input is delivered via neuromuscular electric stimulation, and brain activity in response to visually presented faces is measured with EEG/ERPs.

Duties of the post

This is an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to work on the development of facial neuromuscular electric stimulation for the purpose of applying it to research questions relating to multisensory integration and theories of embodied cognition. Results are expected to contribute to the understanding of how the brain integrates visual and somatosensory information during face perception.

Duties will include engaging in individual and/or collaborative research activity; producing research outputs for publication at acceptable levels of volume and academic excellence and disseminating the results of research and scholarship through appropriate Knowledge Exchange activities; and contributing to the development and maintenance or research resources.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold a relevant doctoral level degree in cognitive or social psychology/neuroscience, ideally with a focus on emotion and/or face perception. You must have previous experience with electrophysiology (e.g. EMG, EEG).

Applicants are expected to have evidence of a developing research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile; a developing record of publications in internationally recognised, reputable journals appropriate to career stage and discipline norms; and strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Good statistical and programming skills in Matlab, R, and/or Python and having an interest in developing new technical tools to study fundamental questions at the intersection of social psychology and psychophysiology are essential for this post.

How to apply

If interested, go to the webpage of the University of Essex (, where you will find a more detailed job pack.

Interviews are planned for late August/beginning of September 2020.
Informal enquiries may be made to Sebastian Korb (