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Laboratory Assistant (Two posts available)

Department of Psychology

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £18,870 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Friday 18 June 2021
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  0621-173

Two posts available (Grade 2 and/or Grade 3) 

Full-Time, Fixed-Term until September 2021

  • Grade 2 Starting Salary is £18,870 per annum (including London Allowance)*
  • Grade 3 Starting Salary is £19,816 per annum (including London Allowance)*

Applications are invited for fixed-term, BBSRC-funded laboratory assistant positions to work with Prof. Narender Ramnani and members of his team. The posts are available immediately, will start as soon as possible (negotiable start date), and will end on 30th September 2021. The purpose of the posts is to assist in the completion of a set of behavioural and functional MRI studies that focus on the cortico-cerebellar basis of skill acquisition. 

Depending on experience and the level of appointment of the successful candidate(s), laboratory assistants will contribute to some or all activities involving participant recruitment for our studies, data acquisition and data analysis. These will include advertising, the management of participant data, the construction of a participant database, liaising with and assisting participants during their participation visits, management of participant remuneration, and assistance with acquisition and analysis of behavioural and fMRI data where required. 

Appointments at Grade 3 are suitable for individuals who have submitted their PhD thesis for examination, or who have been awarded a PhD in psychology and/or human neuroscience. The successful candidate will have proven experience of recruiting participants for behavioural and/or fMRI studies, and managing personal data responsibly. They will also have outstanding communication skills, the ability to work well within a team, and to work independently, using innovation and initiative. 

Appointments at Grade 2 are suitable for completing undergraduates or recent graduates in Psychology or a cognate subject, who may not have the same level of experience, but who do have a strong interest in developing research careers and would like to gain relevant laboratory experience. 

For both appointment levels, appropriate training will be given where required.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are important aspects of our ethos. Candidates from groups such as ethnic minorities that are under-represented in Psychology and Neuroscience are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will also be offered career guidance and mentoring support.

The post will be based at Royal Holloway University of London in Egham, Surrey. Working from home will be encouraged, by arrangement and when practical. The advert will close at midnight on Friday 18 June 2021. Interviews will be held the following week.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to make informal enquiries by contacting Prof. Ramnani (n.ramnani@rhul.ac.uk).

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk 

Please quote the reference: 0621-173

Closing Date:   Midnight, 18 June 2021  

Interview Date: Week commencing 21 June 2021

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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