The Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time Research Trainee to work with Dr Silke Göbel and Dr Tom Hartley for 18 months on an ESRC-funded Open Research Area project. The project will be run in collaboration with Dr Andre Knops at the Université de Paris, France, and Prof Martin Fischer at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The aim of the overall project is to investigate the Boundary Conditions of Conceptual Spaces (BounCeS).
The overarching project looks at the structure of conceptual knowledge using a variety of methods to compare “spatial” and “non-spatial” explanations. The UK-arm of the project is focused on the development of numerical cognition in children. Specifically, we will investigate the way that signature effects of the numerical magnitude representation (distance and size effects) emerge during the acquisition of numerical symbols in children and explore the impact of developmental dependencies on the shape of conceptual knowledge using newly acquired transitive series. Studies will consist of a series of cross-sectional behavioural, eye- and motion-tracking experiments with children aged 4 to 12 years.
The main purpose of the role is to provide support to the UK-based part of the research project and assist with its day-to-day operation. The post holder will have an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline and experience working with children. The project will involve running experiments with children in the lab and in schools, as well as liaising with parents and teachers to build contacts in the community. The post will also involve organising events and promoting public engagement with science.
The appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service Check.
Interview date: TBC
For informal enquiries: please contact Silke Goebel on email@example.com
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.
Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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