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Current jobs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.
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Teaching Associate in Experimental Psychology, Statistics and Research Design(Fixed Term)

Tue, 22/12/2020 - 00:00

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to join the Department of Psychology as a Teaching Associate. The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to contribute to undergraduate education within the Department of Psychology and an ability to teach effectively at undergraduate level.

Reporting to the Director of the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos, the post-holder will support the Department of Psychology's teaching in Experimental Psychology, including Statistics and Experimental Design, across relevant first- and second-year courses. The post-holder will work in collaboration with relevant Course Organisers and the Deputy Head of Department for Teaching, conducting teaching sessions for undergraduate students, creating and marking informal quiz-style assessments to monitor student progress, and contributing to marking of Part I examinations. The post-holder will also run introductory or refresher technical skills sessions in statistical software packages for Part II project students. The post-holder would be expected to run sessions online in the first instance but in person when possible, in full accordance with governmental and university guidelines for in-person teaching. The role will involve liaising with lecturers, students and administrative staff.

It is essential that the post-holder has a background in Experimental Psychology, and has competence and confidence in programing. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and will ideally have experience of teaching at university level. It is essential that the post-holder is self-motivated, can work independently as well as part of a team, and has good organisational and communication skills.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to take up the post of Teaching Associate as soon as possible after the interview process.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance for full time or 4 years part-time (0.5fte).

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

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Lee de-Wit (lhd26@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 28th January 2021. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ25271 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Wed, 28/10/2020 - 00:00

Two post-doctoral Research Associate or Assistant positions in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging are available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk). The positions will focus on advanced ultra high-field neuroimaging (e.g. 7T brain imaging: laminar fMRI, MR Spectroscopy) in combination with computational modelling (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning), human electrophysiology (EEG) and interventional methods (neuropharmacology, TMS, TDCs).

Research in the lab aims to understand how humans of all ages (healthy and patients with neurocognitive disorders) translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, multimodal brain imaging and state-of-the-art computational methods. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders. Further, we develop predictive models of mental health disorders (e.g. dementia, depression) by implementing state-of-the-art machine learning approaches for mining large-scale cohort data. We build models of individualized disease trajectories with translational impact in the early diagnosis and design of personalized interventions in healthy ageing and mental health disorders.

The successful applicants will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between cognitive neuroimaging, computational modelling, and clinical translation.

Applicants should have a PhD, Masters and/or First Degree, or equivalent experience, together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with brain imaging preferable.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 29th November 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24560 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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PhD Studentship: Medial prefrontal cortex brain networks implicated in hallucinations

Tue, 27/10/2020 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship starting in October 2021 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, funded jointly by the Rosetrees Trust and Mental Health Research UK.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Professor Jon Simons in the Cambridge Memory Laboratory (http://www.memlab.psychol.cam.ac.uk). The project will investigate the neurocognitive basis of hallucinations, a hallmark symptom of schizophrenia, in which people experience auditory or visual stimuli that are not real. Such phenomena may reflect difficulty discriminating information perceived in the external world from information that is imagined. Previous structural and functional neuroimaging work in the laboratory has linked this discrimination difficulty with the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Building on these findings, this PhD project will investigate mPFC brain network variations in healthy volunteers and in people with schizophrenia.

PhD students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience methods used in the Memory Laboratory including behavioural studies and computational modelling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS). Students will be provided with an extensive training in research methods and techniques, and will be a member of the Cambridge Postgraduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences which includes regular theoretical seminars and courses.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology or neuroscience and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,285 per annum as at 2020/21), research costs and tuition fees at the UK (Home) rate. All UK citizens or international students who meet the UK residency requirements can apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Jon Simons (jss30@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please:

Complete your application online using the Applicant Portal by 3 December 2020. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply

With your application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please inform Mrs Dawn Ellis (pgadmin@psychol.cam.ac.uk) when you have made an application, please add 'Rosetrees/MHRUK Studentship' to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality and opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24544 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Accounts Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Thu, 22/10/2020 - 00:00

The Department of Psychology is seeking an enthusiastic part-time (18.25 hours per week preferably over five days) Accounts Assistant to provide clerical support for the financial activities of the Department with particular responsibility for purchase invoices, sales invoices, expense claims and answering general queries. The role also covers the Department's main reception from time to time.

The ideal candidate will be educated to 'A' level standard or with a number of years of accounts based experience and have the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy whilst working to tight deadlines in a busy environment/under pressure. The successful candidate will also have a good level of communication and computer skills.

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.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Chunenam Tsang accounts@psychol.cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 15th November 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24463 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Grants Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Tue, 06/10/2020 - 00:00

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.

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.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Petra Georgoulis Hluzova grants@psychol.cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 25th October 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24162 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Categories: Jobs and Studentships