To make a leading contribution to the project “ Transforming auditory-based
social interaction and communication in AR/VR ”
(https: // www. sonicom.eu) working with Professor Steve Brewster
(https:// www. dcs.gla.ac.uk/~stephen/aboutme.shtml) and Professor Alessandro
Vinciarelli (https:// vinciarelli.net). The successful candidate will have an
established track record in Social Signal Processing, the computing domain
aimed at automatic detection and synthesis of nonverbal behavioural cues in
human-human and human-machine interactions. In particular, the successful
candidate will be experienced in speech processing and machine learning,
possibly in the framework of Virtual and Augmented Reality applications. In
addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate openness to
interdisciplinary collaborations involving computer science and psychology
researchers. The main goal of the successful candidate will be the development
of methodologies capable to infer the personality traits of an individual
(both self-assessed and attributed) from nonverbal vocal behaviour and,
possibly, from other nonverbal behavioural cues. The planned work includes
experimental activities aimed at the collection of data.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research
individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and
project/group/School/College research strategy.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports
and papers as appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of
The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and
sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of
international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the
research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering
indicators of esteem.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research
challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a
suitable research strategy.
5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at
internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance
our research profile.
6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and
to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and
external bodies to support future research.
7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with
colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider
community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).
8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School
research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture
of the School/College.
9. Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of
undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the
project team to ensure their effective development.
10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research
group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
11. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating
etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in
consultation with Principal Investigator.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the area of
13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both
specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career
14. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of
School/Director of Research Institute.
15. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile
in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.
A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or
alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and
experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related
Knowledge and Skills
C1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
C2 Knowledge of speech processing and AI/machine learning technical models,
equipment or techniques
C3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including
sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early
E2 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in
E3 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E4 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by
identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design
and analysis of experiments and drafting of papers.
E5 Experience in undertaking independent research
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7,
£36,382 - £40,927 per annum.
This post is full time with funding up to 3 years 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.
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and
flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the
organisation in promoting gender equality.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
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