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Several opportunities are available for talented students, either currently at UNSW or planning to transfer here, to join and contribute to my research projects in Neurofinance. Some defined areas are outlined below; I am open to any form of contribution that spikes your interest.

Institutional arrangements are very flexible. You can choose to pick Neurofinance as the field of your academic assignments. Some  activities are not suitable for an academic assignment, and will be done as fully paid Research Assistant activities (the salary is in fact quite good and of course it is a valued CV item if you want to pursue an academic career). This will be a case-by-case decision, depending on your profile and the academic path you are pursuing, but rest assured I won’t have you do “free work” for me ;-)

If you spot an interesting opportunity below, please send me an email with your interests, ideally a current CV, and we’ll fix an appointment to discuss further.

I am looking for contributions from people in many disciplines: Computer Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Neurosciences, Psychology, and these are just the main ones… So if you feel a potential interest in working with me, just send me an email to get an appointment and we’ll discuss.

Conducting an experiment  in the ASB Lab.
  • Respon­si­bil­i­ties: includes con­tribut­ing to the exper­i­men­tal design of a new money game, as part of one ongoing research project in behavioural finance; recruit­ing a pop­u­la­tion of qual­i­fied sub­jects as par­tic­i­pants; prepar­ing the rel­e­vant ethics com­mit­tee mate­ri­als; super­vis­ing some experimental ses­sions autonomously; participating in the data analysis.
  • What you’ll gain: under my direct super­vi­sion, you will learn how to run an exper­i­men­tal project from A to Z. You will be involved and will con­tribute to all aspects of this exper­i­men­tal research project. Since I will work directly on this research project, the super­vi­sion will be very effec­tive.
  • Qualifications: you should be able to under­stand all aspects of the exper­i­men­tal task and to answer ques­tions from the sub­jects dur­ing the exper­i­ment. Standard knowledge in statistics is also required for the data analysis. The job may be ideal for research students (Honours, MPhil, PhD) in finance, economics, or psychology, interested in pursuing research in behavioural finance. Students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.
  • Time­frame: right now the tar­get sched­ule for this work is to start during Semester 2 2012, but this date is flexible.
Software Development: Experimental Task
  • Respon­si­bil­i­ties:  includes coding a computerised money game on the basis of spec­i­fi­ca­tions I will give you. Sug­ges­tions to improve­ the basic specs, based on the objec­tives we want to achieve with the task, will be very welcome.
  • What you’ll gain: You will first expe­ri­ence a com­plete soft­ware project cycle: you will receive the spec­i­fi­ca­tions, have to under­stand them by ask­ing me clar­i­fi­ca­tions, build mock-ups and pro­to­types, val­i­date them, then build and deliver the final soft­ware. Since the task is a game, you will have the oppor­tu­nity to strongly influ­ence the UI and the soft­ware archi­tec­ture itself (I will pro­vide the algo­rithms to use for com­pu­ta­tions though). Under­stand­ing our sci­en­tific objec­tives and then propos­ing new soft­ware designs that beat our basic specs have proved to be greatly reward­ing in the past :-)
  • Qual­i­fi­ca­tions: you should be able to code eas­ily in Java or C++ (or a pro­gram­ming lan­guage of your choice that is cross-platform and able to per­form as best), have an inter­est for UI design and of course a strong inter­est in behav­ioural sci­ences.
  • Time­frame: right now the tar­get sched­ule for this project is to start during Semester 2 2012, but this date is flexible.