Post-doctoral Research Position in Mixed-Reality for Schizophrenia Treatment

Keywords: avatar therapy, mixed reality, graphics rendering, speech processing, biosignals analysis, machine learning, biomedical applications, schizophrenia

Job Summary/Description

Mixed-Reality for Simulation and Synthesis of Multi-Modal Hallucinations with Applications to Schizophrenia Treatment, funded by NSERC and MEDTEQ, an accelerator for the Canadian medical technologies industry, and in collaboration with two Montreal-based medical companies, aims to design, implement, and test a mixed-reality avatar therapy platform to reduce the distress and helplessness associated with auditory hallucinations. This will allow therapists to explore the requirements for optimal delivery of such treatment by adjusting various parameters of the avatars. Ultimately, our hope is to apply the knowledge gained from this exploration to an augmented reality version of the platform suitable for use outside of the therapist's office, offering the possibility of providing therapeutic benefits to patients in their day-to-day activities. The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the overall system architecture design, with support for rendering multimodal stimuli, and will mentor students several graduate students also working on the project.

Education/Experience

A PhD in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or closely related field, with experience in XR and multimodal interaction design, speech processing, or biosignals analysis.

Please refer to McGill’s requirements on postdoctoral appointments, www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs, for conditions and additional information on the status of the position. (In Quebec, a Postdoctoral Fellow is a full-time student status and trainee category, and the Ministère de l'Education, Enseignement Supérieur et Recherche (MESRS) stipulates that all postdocs must be registered on a university student registration system.) Please note that non-Canadian postdoctoral fellows must have valid Citizenship or an Immigration Canada (CIC) work permit to legally work in Canada.

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities

Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record, demonstrating relevant skills in the relevant domains through prior doctoral research, and with a strong publication record.

How to Apply

To apply, please email the following items to Jeremy Cooperstock:

  1. A brief letter of application, describing your qualifications and relevant experience to the position of interest, along with your dates of availability.
  2. Detailed CV with links to online papers and/or project portfolios.
  3. Three (3) reference letters (sent separately).

The position is available immediately, with a reasonably flexible start date, and an initial appointment of up to one year, with an option to renew for an additional year, subject to mutual satisfaction and availability of funding. Informal inquiries are welcome.

About us

The Shared Reality Lab conducts research in audio, video, and haptic technologies, building systems that leverage their capabilities to facilitate and enrich both human-computer and computer-mediated human-human interaction. The lab is part of the Centre for Intelligent Machines and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University. McGill, one of Canada's most prestigious universities, is located in Montreal, a top city to live in, especially for students.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.