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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.