Open Postdoctoral Position on Automatic Analysis of Attachment in Children, University of Glasgow, UK

Publish Date: Oct 20, 2015

Deadline: Nov 01, 2016

Open Postdoctoral Position on Automatic Analysis of Attachment in Children, University of Glasgow

Our aim in SAM is to develop a computer-based tool which can measure parent-child Attachment across the population in a cost-effective way. Our goal is to make large-scale Attachment screening possible by reducing time and costs required for MCAST assessment (MCAST stands for Manchester Child Attachment Story Task). Our approach consists of automating the key steps of MCAST to 1) reduce the time needed to complete the test (higher efficiency) and, 2) allow the involvement of personnel with no MCAST training (lower costs). We also expect the automation of MCAST to provide new insights into Attachment and its observable, machine detectable behavioural markers, enabling better future measurement of Attachment.

We will develop a computer-based tool which can be used to measure Attachment across the population in a rapid, cost-effective way to support MCAST assessors. However, there are significant technological challenges to be solved. The successful candidate is expected to have experience and skills in signal processing and machine learning, possibly in the area of human behaviour analysis.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £33,242 - £37,394 per annum.

This position is funded for 31 months in the first instance.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

The University has recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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