Research Fellow - School of Psychology - 97143 - Grade 7

Employer
University of Birmingham
Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£32,348 - £44,737
Closing date
Nov 29, 2022

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Position Details

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £32,348 to £42,155, with potential progression once in post to £44,737

Grade: 7

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to July, 2024

Closing date: 29th November 2022

Background

We are looking for a Research Fellow to join an exciting multi-disciplinary team conducting work at the interface between social cognition, behavioural economics, and philosophy of mind, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The work aims to understand how adults coordinate their actions and intuitive judgements without communicating or interacting; how the intuitively obvious way of coordinating varies between different individuals and groups; and how coordination abilities relate to other social abilities, such as communication, negotiation, and mindreading (theory of mind). The RF will be based at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham with Professor Ian Apperly, and the project collaboration involves Prof Andrea Isoni (Warwick Business School) and Prof Tad Zawidzki (George Washington University).

The Research Fellow will work with the project leaders to create novel experimental stimuli and designs for assessing coordination behaviours, and their relationships with other social and cognitive abilities. They will lead on the collection of data online and in the lab, on data coding and analysis, and reporting. They will present findings at conferences and make major contributions to publications arising from the work.

Summary of Role

The Research Fellow will work with the project leaders to create novel experimental stimuli and designs for assessing coordination behaviours, and their relationships with other social and cognitive abilities. They will lead on the collection of data online and in the lab, on data coding and analysis, and reporting. They will present findings at conferences and make major contributions to publications arising from the work.

Main Duties / Responsibilities
  • Develop and conduct behavioural experiments in the laboratory and online
  • Analyse and interpret experimental and correlational data, using univariate and multivariate methods.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to develop new intellectual understanding of social reasoning
  • Prepare and disseminate research outputs for academic publications, conferences, research seminars etc.
  • Help with supervision of and provide guidance to students assisting with research-related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to project
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Contribute to public engagement activities under supervision of project leader
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Essential Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications, and Experience

Essential
  • Achieved a 2.1 degree in psychology (or equivalent psychology conversion programme).
  • PhD in an area related to social cognition and/or behavioural economics; PhD finished or near to completion
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly (including proficiency in English language)
  • Knowledge of theories and models of social cognition and coordination behaviours.
  • Background in experimental psychology, including extensive experience with experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Programming skills (e.g., Python, R, etc.) and experience with programming psychological experiments (using Presentation, Psychotoolbox, PsychoPy etc.) for use in laboratory and online.
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills

Desirable
  • academic publication record.
  • Experience with pre-registration and other open science practices.
  • Experience with organising research group activities - reading group, seminars etc.

Informal enquires to Ian Apperly, email: i.a.apperly@bham.ac.uk

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