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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

A research assistant position is available to work in the Prediction and Learning (PaL) Lab (www.lawsonlab.co.uk), Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. The PaL Lab studies how learned expectations underlie individual differences in visual perception and decision making.

The research assistant will support a small team running eye tracking and pharmacology studies in healthy volunteers and participants with neuropsychiatric diagnoses (e.g. autism/anxiety). The role is best suited to someone with prior experience of testing clinical populations (e.g. in a previous RA position).

The PaL lab uses computational methods to understand brain function, and applicants should demonstrate strong mathematical literacy and knowledge (though not necessarily direct experience) of computational neuroscience.

The candidate should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in pharmacology/ computational neuroscience / mathematical psychology or similar. Familiarity with MATLAB, R, Python or comparable programming languages is desirable.

The post holder will be responsible for the design and conduct of behavioural, pharmacological and eye-tracking experiments with humans, recording and analyzing data and assisting with preparing the results for publication. The post holder will also recruit for and manage a clinical database of participants with autism, so some direct experience of working with autistic adults would be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Dr Rebecca Lawson (rl337@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 25 August 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20282 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Grants Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Department of Psychology as a Research Grant Administrator. The Department holds around 90 active research grants which generate an annual income of over £5m per annum.

The post holder will be participating in the provision of a comprehensive and efficient research management service to the Department through every stage of the grant process to ensure effective administration of all research funding activity.

The ideal candidate will be the first point of contact for research grant related queries. For this purpose, the post holder is expected to develop a close working relationship with researchers and with the Research Operations Office to ensure smooth management of all processes, and compliance with necessary regulations. The post holder will work very closely with the departmental finance team and the HR Coordinator and will be line managed by the Research Grants Coordinator, to allow constant communication between key administrative contacts.

The ideal candidate will already have administrative experience in a similar role/financial environment. This is a varied post which requires excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, alongside the ability to prioritise and to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required, as well as a proactive approach to problem solving.

The candidate will be educated to 'A' level standard, to include GCSE English language and mathematics/NVQ level 3 or have an equivalent level of practical experience. Good IT skills, including Word, Excel and emails are a requirement. Use of bespoke financial, grant or reporting systems is desirable. Previous experience in a demanding environment is essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Dr Jeanne Estabel (je353@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 1 September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20278 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one GSK-funded Research Associate position. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology and will join the laboratory of Professor Jeffrey Dalley: (https://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people).

The lab focuses on the psychological and brain mechanisms of drug addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression and Parkinson's disease, and uses translational methodologies to bridge fundamental discoveries in brain science with the development of new therapies.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the experimental programme of research within a recently funded GSK Varsity Award aiming to establish a preclinical platform of drug discovery based on pathological immune reactions to early life stressors. This behavioural neuroscience project involves the use of sophisticated touchscreen tasks to assess objective measures of fatigue, apathy and anhedonia in rats with a history of early life social stress. The successful candidate will be responsible for behavioural phenotyping, sample collection for peripheral and central immune profiling, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate both the integrity of the blood brain barrier and neural markers of brain inflammation.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and/or biological psychology. Relevant post-doctoral experience in behavioural neuroscience, including the assessment of translatable behavioural endophenotypes using state-of-the-art touchscreen-based technology is essential. Expertise in programming, data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing would be highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Jeff Dalley (jwd20@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 08 September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one MRC-funded Research Associate position starting 01/10/2019. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Psychology and join the groups of Prof. Jeff Dalley (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?jwd20) , Prof. Barry Everitt (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?bje10) and Dr David Belin (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?davidbelin).

The Cambridge laboratory focuses on the psychological and brain mechanisms of drug addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression and other psychiatric disorders, and uses translational methodologies to bridge fundamental discoveries in brain science with the development of new therapies.

The successful candidate will share responsibility for delivering an experimental programme of research funded by the UK Medical Research Council to investigate the neural and psychological mechanisms of drug addiction. This behavioural neuroscience project seeks to understand why compulsive drug use develops in only some subjects by virtue of underlying traits such as anxiety, impulsivity and sensation-seeking. The successful candidate will be responsible for behavioural phenotyping, the collection and analysis of samples for gene expression and neurochemistry, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate the structural and functional integrity of the brain before and after drug exposure.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and/or biological psychology. Relevant post-doctoral experience in behavioural neuroscience, including the assessment of addiction-relevant behavioural endophenotypes and experience of small-animal MRI is essential. Expertise in programming, data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing would be highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor Jeffrey Dalley (jwd20@cam.ac.uk) or telephone 01223 765 291.

Please note the closing date for applications is 3rd September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20223 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Unestablished Lecturer (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the Department of Psychology. This post is in association with a Fellowship at Queens' College. This part-time position (0.6 FTE) is available for an initial period of 5 years. The post is available from 1st October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should have a track record of publications in human cognitive science or cognitive neuroscience. The successful candidate will be qualified to PhD level and have a proven academic record in their subject together with experience of delivering teaching at university level and in the context of College tutoring.

Standard duties for a University Lecturer include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. College duties involves becoming Director of Studies for the Psychological and Behavioural Science Tripos.

The post is based in central Cambridge (Downing site and Queens' College).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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Information about the Department of Psychology and Queens' College can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk and www.queens.cam.ac.uk/.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact the Head of Department, Professor Mark Johnson; mj492@cam.ac.uk.

Please note the closing date for applications is 1st September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20201 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Receptionist

The Department of Psychology is seeking a friendly and enthusiastic full time Receptionist to provide a professional and welcoming reception for all staff, students and visitors to the Department.

The post holder will be based in the main Psychology building and is responsible for dealing with and directing visitors, answering telephone and email inquiries to the Department. The post holder deals with incoming and outgoing mail and receipt of deliveries. The Receptionist also assists with the day-to-day security of the main building of the Department.

Applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills and a good standard of written and spoken English. The role requires good IT skills and proven customer service experience either in a reception area or other customer facing role. The role holder must be able to multi task and work calmly under pressure to fulfil their duties and present a helpful attitude to visitors or callers.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Fiona Lyall Grant (hr@psychol.cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 28 July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19863 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Centre Coordinator [Temporary Cover]

Applications are invited for a full-time (Temporary cover) Administrator to support the research activities of Professor Usha Goswami, Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education (http://cne.psychol.cam.ac.uk/). The post-holder has responsibility for providing a broad range of administrative services to support her research, and to support the day-to-day running of her lab. This includes pre- and post-award research project administration, including for EU projects, co-ordinating staffing and equipment to maximise efficiency, financial management of resources, organizing databases, assisting with publications and ensuring research compliance for experimental studies.

This is a wide-ranging position which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level or have level 6 vocational qualifications or an equivalent level of practical experience and have experience in a similar administrative position, ideally within a scientific research setting. Excellent organisational skills, complete reliability and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is meticulous attention to detail. Comprehensive IT skills for administration including the use of databases are required. A high standard of numeracy with proven ability in managing resources is expected. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and provide advice.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 years or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Prof Usha Goswami (ucg10@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 21 July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19641 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one Wellcome Trust funded Research Assistant/ Associate position starting 01/09/2019. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology and will join the Cambridge Consciousness and Cognition Lab, working directly for Dr Daniel Bor (https://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people/daniel-bor-dr). The lab investigates the behavioural and neural features of consciousness and cognition during normal wakefulness, as well as different states of consciousness and its transitions. The research spans normal and altered states of consciousness, disturbed consciousness due to psychiatric or neurological conditions, as well as severe disorders of consciousness.

Within this remit, Dr Bor is investigating how conscious level can be quantified (neurally), and how this is modulated by cognition. Furthermore, he is exploring the neural markers of individual differences in cognitive reserve, both in normal subjects using a drowsiness-neural-strain paradigm, and in Alzheimer's disease patients at various stages of the disease, with the eventual aim to pharmacologically boost patients with poor cognitive reserve, thus significantly improving quality of life. To explore these issues, Dr Bor is primarily using big data neuroimaging datasets in MEG and fMRI, both with normal and Alzheimer's disease samples. Targeted new data will also be acquired, in a large simultaneous EEG-fMRI-pharmacology study. The successful candidate will work with Dr Bor and his team on this project, primarily by developing and using advanced brain-scanning data processing and analysis methods, including machine learning techniques. Most of this work will require programming skills, especially in Matlab, but python and C++ programming may also be involved. In addition, the Research Assistant/Associate may lead data acquisition on new neuroimaging studies.

Applicants must have a good science, computer science, mathematics or engineering degree, and preferably a higher degree or PhD in a relevant subject.

Experience in programming is essential. Experience in M/EEG or fMRI analysis would be highly desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2022 in the first instance.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Daniel Bor (db246@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 21 July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19610 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Centre Co-ordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Centre Co-ordinator to support the activities of Prof Zoe Kourtzi, Lead PI of the Adaptive Brain Lab (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk)

The post-holder has responsibility for providing a broad range of administrative services to support the active research of the labs, and supporting the PI in its day-to-day running. This includes pre- and post-award research grant administration, co-ordinating the production of research documentation, financial management of resources, organizing volunteers for experimental research and databases and ensuring research compliance for such studies.

This is a wide-ranging position which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level and have experience in a similar administrative position, ideally within a research setting. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is a meticulous attention to detail. Comprehensive IT skills for administration including the use of databases are required. A high standard of numeracy with proven ability in budget creation and managing resources are essential. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and provide advice.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 9th June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19290 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Building Services Technician - Full time or part-time (0.5 FTE)

The Department of Psychology is seeking a friendly and enthusiastic full time or part-time (0.5 FTE) Building Service Technician to provide assistance with building maintenance and practical support for the teaching activities.

The post holder will be based in the main Psychology building and is responsible for dealing with queries regarding building maintenance and equipment/furniture delivery and set up. The post holder will also assist with the day-to-day safety and security of 3 Psychology buildings all based centrally on the Downing Site.

Applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills and a good standard of written and spoken English. Applicants should have practical working knowledge and experience to enable them to carry out minor maintenance and repair tasks. The role requires good IT skills and proven customer service experience. The role holder must be able to multi task and work calmly under pressure to fulfil their duties and present a helpful attitude to staff, students and visitors. Please note that the role holder is expected to work full time over the busy exam period (May-June).

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to jg286@psychol.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333568

Please note the closing date for applications is 16 June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) Full time or 0.8 FTE

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cognitive Neuroscience (Full-time/0.8 FTE) to work on a project investigating object recognition in different environments.

The person appointed will work on the project, led by Dr Alex Clarke, that will combine different neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MEG, EEG) with computational models to determine how expectations generated by our environments change the dynamics of object recognition. The person appointed will be responsible for developing, collecting and analysing neuroimaging data across modalities, writing up the work for publication and presentations, as well as assisting the PI in administrative duties. The role will also involve training and other career development activities, as deemed appropriate.

Applicants should have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or relevant discipline (Research Associate) or are in the process of submitting their thesis (Research Assistant). Previous experience in Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG) study design, data collection and analysis are essential, and experience with multiple methods is desirable. Knowledge in object recognition, semantic memory or spatial navigation is desirable, as is an interest in multivariate data analysis methods. Candidates should be proficient in computer programming (e.g. using Matlab or Python), and evidence of using advanced data analysis skills is desirable. Experience with virtual/augmented reality applications is also desirable. It is essential that the post holder is self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a team. They must have excellent organisational, leadership and communication skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be Dr Alex Clarke (ac584@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 30 June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19262 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (P/T or F/T) (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (either full time or part-time for maternity cover) to work on a project investigating causal reasoning in corvids and humans, funded by the ERC. The Principal Investigator is Professor Nicola Clayton (see: http://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people/nicola-clayton). The post-holder will join Professor Clayton's Comparative Cognition research group in the Department of Psychology.

The person appointed will be responsible and expected to play a lead role in the day-to-day running and organisation of experiments. They will also assist the PI in administration of the ERC grant. The research work will involve training and testing corvids at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour in Madingley, and testing of humans (primarily, but not exclusively, children and young infants). This work will include designing and running the experiments, constructing necessary equipment and lab set ups, collecting and analyzing data and writing the work up for publication and presentations, as well as liaising with other members of the lab and technicians, and reporting to the Principal Investigator. This role will require working closely with other members of the ERC team (Postdocs and Research Assistant). It may also involve training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students and internship visitors involved in any related research projects.

Consequently, it is essential that the post-holder has a PhD in Experimental Psychology or related discipline (Research Associate) or is in the process of submitting their thesis (Research Assistant). It is essential that they experience of conducting research with animals, ideally birds, and desirable to have experience conducting research with humans, ideally children. Knowledge of comparative cognition and cognitive development research is essential. It is also essential that the post holder is self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a team. They must have excellent organisational, leadership and communication skills.

The length of the appointment is ideally from 1st July 2019 until 31st January 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Professor N S Clayton, nsc22@cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is 6 June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19042 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Centre Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a part-time Centre Administrator to support the activities of The Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (CSLB). www.csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk. The group conducts cognitive neuroscience research on adults.

The post-holder has responsibility for providing a broad range of administrative services to support the active research of the Centre, and supporting the Director in its day-to-day running. This includes pre- and post-award research grant administration, coordinating the production of research documentation, financial management of resources, organizing volunteer participants for experimental research and related databases as well as ensuring research compliance for such studies. The postholder will also be expected to occasionally help the Director with workload associated with running an international science journal.

This is a wide-ranging position which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level and have experience in a similar administrative position, ideally within a research setting. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is a meticulous attention to detail. Comprehensive IT skills for administration including the use of databases are required. A high standard of numeracy with proven ability in budget creation and managing resources are essential. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and provide advice.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Prof Lorraine Tyler, (lktyler@csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

Please note the closing date for applications is 19 May 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19006 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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