Research Fellow - School of Psychology

United Kingdom
£30,395 - £42,036
Aug 14, 2019
Sep 13, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Research Fellow - 81919

School of Psychology

Full time/Permanent

Closing date - 11th September 2019


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct innovative research on human memory. The fellow work closely with Professor Ed Wilding, who has particular interests in how memory retrieval works. We would expect you to develop research projects with Professor Wilding as well as explore collaborations with other colleagues at the University of Birmingham.

We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment in which all of our colleagues can flourish. We believe diversity of thought and experience is fundamental to delivering the best teaching and research, and while past achievements will form part of our selection decisions, we are also keen to assess potential and a commitment to contributing to a vibrant and inclusive research community.

If you were to be appointed to this role you would have access to the full range of facilities in the new Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham, which supports state-of-the-art measures of neural activity including EEG, MEG, MRI and combined EEG-MRI. You would be involved in all stages of designing and conducting experiments, analyzing behavioural and brain imaging data, developing outputs for publications, presentations at academic conferences and to the general public, and material for future research grant funding applications. It is likely that some of the empirical work you would contribute to would involve acquiring real-time measures of neural activity (EEG and/or MEG).

Summary of Role
  • Reporting to Professor Wilding, work on research projects designed to understand human memory, and develop collaborations with other researchers on related projects.
  • Design and run experiments, analyse and interpret data, present the outcomes in the form of research papers, posters and oral presentations for academic audiences as well as for other interested groups.
  • Develop skills in the supervision of research students, research administration, project leadership and management, writing research funding applications, scientific writing, open science, networking, team-working and team-building.

Main Duties / Responsibilities
  • Act as a role model for junior colleagues and peers
  • Work collaboratively with peers as well as with junior and senior colleagues
  • Contribute to a vibrant, disruptive and inclusive research culture
  • Contribute to ideas for research projects
  • Contribute to the design of experiments
  • Collect behavioural and brain imaging data
  • Analyse and interpret behavioural and brain imaging data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings to different audiences
  • Supervise and/or guide research assistants and research students when appropriate opportunities arise
  • Participate in and contribute to research group meetings
  • Undertake management/administration linked to research projects
  • Contribute to public engagement activities linked to research projects

Person Specification
  • A PhD degree in an area of cognitive neuroscience and/or psychology
  • A strong conceptual understanding of research into human memory
  • Expertise in one of more of EEG, MEG or (f)(MRI data acquisition and a willingness to acquire expertise in other imaging modalities
  • Computer programming skills or willingness and capacity to learn new skills
  • High level analytical capability
  • Experience of or willingness to learn computationally demanding approaches to brain imaging data analysis
  • Extensive experience with experiment design and statistical analysis.
  • Strong academic writing skills, evidenced by contributions to academic publications
  • Strong academic presentation skills, including experience developing posters and giving oral presentations
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to public engagement activities
  • Excellent organisation and time-management skills
  • Strong team-working skills and experience of working with others

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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