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postdoctoral fellowship in motion capture announcement at mcmaster university

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General Description

We seek a post-doctoral fellow with expertise in motion capture measurement and analysis to work with researchers and students on research related to understanding and quantifying human movement. The incumbent will work on a number of projects related to both spontaneous movements and understanding interactions between people.


Approximately 50% of time will be spent supporting research and teaching in McMaster University’s Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVELab).  Opened in the fall of 2014, the LIVELab is a unique facility for the study of human interaction and nonverbal communication.  A fully-functioning 100 seat performance hall, it contains a number of technologies for acoustic, neuroscientific and behavioural research. The space was built to be naturally extremely quiet and low reverberation. The active acoustic system of microphones and loudspeakers enables the creation of echoes to stimulation environments from non-reverberant to highly reverberant, and to change the apparent size of the room.  EEG, heart rate, galvanic skin responses and breathing rate can be measured in musicians on the stage and simultaneously in up to 32 audience members. Motion capture is possible throughout the entire space, including in up to 100 audience members. A Disklavier piano enables detailed analyses of piano performances. Response tablets allow testing responses and judgements from up to 100 people at a time.  Details about the space can be found at http://livelab.mcmaster.ca/research/technology/ and some of the research projects underway can be viewed at http://livelab.mcmaster.ca/research/currentstudies/ .


A further 30% of time will be spent supporting other researchers across the university to build capacity for motion and movement analysis in key strategic areas. 20% of time will be protected for independent research initiated by the incumbent. This position is formally attached to the Research and High Performance Computing group, and will report to the Director of RHPCS. Work conducted in the LIVELab will be done under the supervision of the Director of the LIVELab.

McMaster University is a research-intensive university consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. It is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is a 45- minute drive from Toronto. McMaster has particular strengths in neuroscience, psychology, kinesiology, health science and engineering.

Applicants must have: a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, kinesiology, computer science or related field; a record of research productivity; specific expertise in motion capture; and general expertise in signal processing. The applicant must also thrive in a collaborative research environment.  Expertise in one or more of EEG recording and analysis, video-based movement analysis, EMG recording and analysis or data visualization would also be desirable. It is expected that the candidate will have a strong interest in the performing arts.


The position can start as early as August, 2016, and is initially for a 1 year term, with the possibility for extension depending on outcomes in the first year.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Ranil Sonnadara, Director, Research and High Performance Computing, McMaster University at ranil@xxxxxxxxxxx  


Informal inquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Director of the LIVELab, Dr. Laurel Trainor, at LJT@xxxxxxxxxxx or to the Director of Research and High Performance Computing, Dr. Ranil Sonnadara, at ranil@xxxxxxxxxxx