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Part-Time Lab Manager & Research Assistant

Department of Psychology

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £29,645 to £34,951 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Part-Time, Fixed-Term, 17.5 hours
Closing Date:  Friday 27 November 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  1120-245

Part-Time, Fixed-Term, 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours)

Applications are invited for a Part-Time Lab Manager & Research Assistant to work with the research team at the Lab of Action & Body (LAB http://manostsakiris.com/index.php/research/lab/)  led by Professor  Manos Tsakiris and, assist with the development of the ERC-funded INtheSELF project (http://manostsakiris.com/index.php/research/intheself/). Our lab uses behavioural, neuroimaging and psychophysiological techniques to explore the neurocognitive mechanisms interoception and especially as they relate to body-awareness and social cognition.

The Lab Manager & Research Assistant will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to a PhD. Primary responsibilities will include: (1) data acquisition using online behavioural and psychophysiological techniques; (2) management and analyses of datasets; (3) subject recruitment and screening; and (4) managing the lab and performing administrative duties to serve the research and outreaching operations of the LAB.

The position is designed for an individual with a good BSc (minimum required degree classification of 2:1) in Psychology or related discipline (e.g. neuroscience, cognitive science), an MSc degree in a cognate discipline and proven research experience in quantitative online data collection as part of psychological or neuroscience experiments. 

Experience in social psychology/neuroscience is highly desirable. An ability to work independently with good judgment, organizational and time management skills is necessary. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are necessary. A high degree of familiarity with platforms such as Gorilla is required. 

Key duties for the post  include managing the day to day activities of the lab including running experiments, managing subject payment systems and databases, preparing experimental materials, preparing ethics applications, liaising with schools , families and other partners, and contributing to the overall efficient running of the LAB’s operations.. 

The position is highly suitable for applicants who wish to obtain substantial research experience before commencing a PhD in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience.

The preferred start date is end of December 2020 or as soon as can be arranged for a fixed term of 6 months (end 30th June 2021), and it can be subject to extension.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The Psychology Department has an excellent research profile (rated 6th in the latest Research Excellence Framework) and benefits from state-of-the-art research facilities (e.g. MRI, TMS, EEG, cognitive behavioural testing suites, Babylab).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Manos Tsakiris at Manos.Tsakiris@rhul.ac.uk and more information about the research at the LAB can be found here: http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/lab/

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

Interested applicants should submit online: 

  1. The College’s standard online application form
  2. 1 full curriculum vitae with a list of publications and contact details of two academic referees

Please submit these documents as attachments as part of your online application form, and name your curriculum vitae as surname.pdf. 

Please quote the reference: 1120-245

Closing Date: Midnight, Friday 27 November  

Interview Date: TBC 

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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