Aleksander W. Nitka

PhD Researcher in Behavioural Neuroscience · School of Psychology · University of Nottingham · aleksander.nitka@nottingham.ac.uk

Experience

Owner

Nitka.Science Consultancy

Offering consultancy services related to the dissemination of scientific findings. Specialising in creating engaging online content which aims to publicise science to the general public using websites and social media. Constructing communication platforms aimed at specific audiences (researchers, teens, parents) ensuring clear and efficient presentation of research.

April 2018 - Present

Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Representative

The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG)

The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) is a national organisation for all psychology postgraduates who are based at UK higher education institutions. Funded by the Research Board of the British Psychological Society, PsyPAG is an independent organisation run on a voluntary basis by a committee of postgraduates, for postgraduates.

March 2016 - January 2017

IT Asset Analyst

RR Donnelley Group

Working with the various departments and teams within the company; overlooking the inventory of IT assets, ensuring that all teams comply with requirements of the management policies. Implementing strategies aimed at maximising the utility of assets by managing the lifecycle from purchase to disposal stages. Ensuring that all software used within the company has legal certification and licence, managing unused licences to minimise the cost of IT services.

January 2010 - September 2011

Education

University Nottingham

PhD
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

Molecules, Cells and organisms theme

Project title: Computational and Experimental Tests of a Model of Recognition Memory. looking at development of a novel human recognition memory assessment protocol.

Demonstrator for the Practical Methods module for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate courses.

Coordinator for the Behavioural Neuroscience Group. Organising seminars and administrating communications for 30+ strong group of academics and post-graduate students.

Student representative on the Management Committee, Skills & Thesis Development and the Student Recruitment Panel for the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council's Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Nottingham.

September 2015 - September 2019

University of Leicester

Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience BSc

1st Class Degree

October 2012 - June 2015

Skills

  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills

    including range of software packages (R, Matlab, Python, SPSS, MS Excel, R Shiny, SQL, HDF5). Working knowledge of Machine and Deep Learning.

  • Expert communication skills

    acquired through experience in presenting to a different audiences and in different formats (informal talks, seminars, scientific publications, posters).

  • Project Management

    by the means of execution of a 4-year thesis plan, addressing difficulties and developing solutions.

  • Self-management

    leading a long-term research project with minimal supervision from others which requires a great amount of self-discipline and drive.

  • Management of others

    building and maintaining effective downwards (project students), upwards (supervisors and senior faculty) and horizontal (peers, collaborators) relationships.

Publications

Carlisle, N., & Nitka, A.W. (submitted). Location-based Explanations do not Account for Active Attentional Suppression.

Nitka, A.W., & Robinson, J. (2018, March). Associative Account of Recognition Memory in Humans; Computational and Experiment Test. Poster session presented at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Nitka, A.W., & Robinson, J. (2017, December). Test of the SOP account of recognition memory in humans. Paper presented at the East, North, and East Midlands Associative learning group meeting, York, UK.

Navajas, J., Nitka, A. W., & Quian Quiroga, R. (2017). Dissociation between the neural correlates of conscious face perception and visual attention. Psychophysiology, 54(8), 1138-1150. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12873

Hutchinson, C. V., Barrett, D. J., Nitka, A., & Raynes, K. (2016). Action video game training reduces the Simon Effect. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 23(2), 587-592. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0912-6

Carlisle, N., & Nitka, A. (2015). Controlled Attentional Suppression. Journal of vision, 15(12), 230-230. http://doi:10.1167/15.12.230

Awards & Certifications

    Awards

    2015 - BBSRC 4-year Doctoral Training Scholarship

    2015 - School of Psychology Award for the Best Dissertation Project

    2014 - Unitemps Employee of the Year nomination

    2013 - Action on Hearing Loss Summer Research Studentship

    2012 - University of Leicester Undergraduate Scholarship


    Certificates

    2018 - Adult Menthal Health First Aider (MHFA England)

    2015 - Principles of fMRI 1 (Coursera, Johns Hopkins University)

    2015 - Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach (Coursera, University of Washington)

    2014 - Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps (Coursera, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    2014 - Introduction to Neuroeconomics: how the brain makes decisions (Coursera, Higher School of Economics)

    2010 - ITIL Version 3 Foundation Certificate by Parity Training and ISEB

    2010 - Federation Against Software Theft Approved Software Auditor

    2010 - Federation Against Software Theft Approved Software Manager