Research Fellow in Behavioural/Neural Models of Human Interaction with Automated Vehicles

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 29 December 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Do you combine a strong mathematical and programming skillset with expertise in cognitive science, psychology, or human factors, ideally with prior experience of neuroimaging (e.g., EEG)? Are you interested in bringing state of the art methods and modelling results from the basic science labs out into applied reality, to help make automated vehicles safe and acceptable for humans? 

When humans move in road traffic as pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, etc, they constantly interact with each other to share the road space, showcasing a fascinating subset of the human abilities of perception, communication, decision-making, and joint action. Useful mathematical models exist that can describe these human abilities in simplified cognitive science and neuroscience laboratory paradigms, but these models are rarely integrated to study more complex real-world tasks. Meanwhile, the currently limited scientific understanding and models of how humans interact in traffic is proving a significant hurdle to progress in industry efforts towards self-driving vehicles. 

As Research Fellow in Behavioural/Neural Models of Human Interaction with Automated Vehicles, you will work in this exciting intersection between basic and applied sciences, leveraging both behavioural and neurophysiological data to develop models of road user interactions that are plausible from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. The models you develop will constitute scientific contributions of high importance both from the fundamental perspective of modelling human cognition and in terms of their industrial and societal relevance. 

You will be working in the EPSRC-funded project COMMOTIONS, supported by industrial partners FiveAI and Aimsun, and led by Dr. Gustav Markkula. At the Institute for Transport Studies, you will be joining the Human Factors & Safety Group, a cross-disciplinary, collegial research group with world-leading facilities for the experimental study of road user behaviour. Co-Investigators for the project are Dr. Jac Billington of the School of Psychology and Dr. Matteo Leonetti of the School of Computing.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr. Gustav Markkula, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9832, email:

Location:     Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:     Institute for Transport Studies
Category:     Research
Grade:     Grade 7
Salary:     £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding limitations an appointment is unlikely to be made above £36,914 p.a.
Working Time:     Full time. We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (Fixed term for 42 months due to external funding)
Closing Date:     Friday 29 November 2019
Downloads:     Candidate Brief

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