Wellcome Trust – MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Affect and Facial Processing in Infants at High Risk for Autism

Expression of interest by January 10th 2011
for application deadline of July 1st 2011

The Wellcome Trust and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) international Postdoctoral Fellowship supports scientists to train in a new research area that is complementary to, but distinct from, their current field of expertise, and enable an interdisciplinary approach to important biomedical research questions. The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2).  Full details are on: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/International-fellowships/WTX054661.htm

The Affective Computing Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory and Autism Research Group at the University of Manchester, UK are seeking a strong candidate to apply for this fellowship in July 2011. The project will build on existing work in the MIT Affective Computing Group into face and affect recognition in children and adults with autism, and in the Manchester group into parent-infant social interaction and early intervention in infants at high risk of developing autism (siblings of children already diagnosed with the condition). The aim of phase one at MIT will be to develop adaptations into infancy of the existing MIT innovations in affective computing in autism and then in the UK phase two to apply these adaptations to the empirical study of high-risk infants within the context of ongoing developmental and intervention studies at the University of Manchester and the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings. The planned output of the Fellowship will be a set of internationally innovative research techniques and initial results from their application to ongoing autism research.

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