Research Fellow - School of Psychology

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,797.00
Jan 12, 2021
Feb 11, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £31,866

Grade 7

Full Time - Fixed Term Contract up to 10 months

Closing date - 4th January 2021


Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work at the Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham. The successful candidate will work as part of an on-going ESRC funded project aimed at studying the effect of individual differences in bilingual experience on cognitive control networks. This will be done under supervision of Dr. Andrea Krott (Principal Investigator), Dr. Katrien Segaert and Dr. Ali Mazaheri (Co-Investigators).

The project uses a multimodal approach to provide a systematic investigation into the effects of bilingual key characteristics (e.g. second language proficiency, age of second language acquisition) on executive control behaviour as well as the underlying brain differences.

The candidate will be making use of facilities of the new Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham, including state-of-the-art EEG facilities and a 3T MRI scanner. The candidate will be involved in conducting EEG experiments and structural MRI scanning. The candidate will be involved in analysing behavioural, questionnaire and EEG data mainly (with side involvement in the analysis of the MRI data).

The candidate will be expected to prepare the results for and contribute to high quality academic publications, to present at national and international academic conferences, and engage in public engagement activities. Furthermore, the candidate will take part in supervision of research assistants and students, and be an active member of the Centre for Human Brain Health and the Language, Interaction, and Social Cognition theme group of the School of Psychology.

Summary of Role
  • Work within specified research project
  • Operate within area of cognitive neuroscience
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collect behavioural data, EEG data, structural imaging data (including diffusion), and administer questionnaires
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise research assistants, MSc and/or BSc students on research related work
  • Provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Participate and contribute to group meetings, journal clubs etc
  • Implementing and administrating data management plan
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to research-related School activities, in particular those of the Language, Interaction, and Social Cognition theme group
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the project and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • A PhD degree in area of cognitive neuroscience, biology, or psychology
  • Expertise in EEG data acquisition
  • Good programming skills, ideally in Matlab
  • High level analytical capability
  • Extensive experience with experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Strong academic writing skills (academic paper(s) published or submitted)
  • Strong academic presentations skills (poster or oral presentation)
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to public engagement activities
  • Strong organisation and time-management skills
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Strong teamwork skills, e.g. co-ordinate own work with others
  • Interest in language and bilingualism
  • Interest in cognitive psychology and executive functions
  • Supervision experience (BA, masters, research assistants) desirable

Informal enquires to Inderjeet Nagra, email:

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