Research Assistant in Psychology

United Kingdom
£27,511.00 - £28,331.00
Jan 07, 2021
Feb 06, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Psychology

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,511 to £30,046, with potential progression once in post to £33,797

Grade 6

Full Time - Fixed Term Contract up to 18 months

Interviews will be held remotely on 11th of December 2020 and the post will commence in January 2021.

Psychology Research Assistant

We are looking for a Research Assistant to be part of an exciting new longitudinal study funded by the ESRC. This study investigates the links between well-being, social-cognitive ability and success in the first year of primary school among typically-developing, neuro-diverse and ethnically diverse children. Candidates must be available to begin work in January 2021. The Research Assistant will work with Dr Rory T. Devine, a developmental psychologist based at the University of Birmingham in the School of Psychology, and with collaborators at the University of Cambridge (Professor Claire Hughes) and University of Sussex (Dr Elian Fink). In your application please include a cover letter specifying how you meet each of the essential criteria. Since this is a longitudinal study please also describe the steps you would take to prevent participant attrition.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Build relationships with headteachers, class teachers and parents/caregivers to recruit participants from primary schools.
  • Co-ordinate an ambitious schedule of longitudinal school-based data collection.
  • Travel to schools to undertake data collection sessions (testing children using a range of experimental, interview and observational measures) and gather teacher and caregiver questionnaire data. Given requirements for social distancing, this may require working outdoors.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members and students working on the project.
  • Undertake data processing, data entry and preliminary data analysis.
  • Provide feedback on study outcomes to schools and caregivers.
  • Assist with literature reviews, organizing workshops, and preparing materials for presentations.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Achieved at least a 2.1 degree in psychology (or equivalent psychology conversion).
  • Experience working with young children and/or in school settings, ideally in a research capacity.
  • Understand basic statistics and can use at least one statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, R) to create databases, enter data, and perform basic analyses.
  • Evidence of self-directed, flexible approach toward work.
  • Evidence of communicating effectively with colleagues, parents, teachers and children.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational skills and time management.

  • Postgraduate degree in psychology, education or related field.
  • Prior experience of working with children and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
  • Evidence of academic or research interest in developmental psychology in undergraduate/postgraduate modules.
  • Experience conducting standardized tests or observational coding.
  • Experience using online questionnaire software.
  • Full clean driving license.

For further information please contact Dr Rory T. Devine (

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