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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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31,076 a year
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Role Description

This post is available for 30 months on a project funded by the Medical Research Council, led by Dr. Scott Cairney. The overarching aim of this project is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms by which sleep supports emotional memory. The planned experiments will use a variety of techniques, including behavioural testing, sleep polysomnography, fMRI, electrocardiography and electrodermal activity monitoring. Studies will make use of the Department of Psychology’s new, state-of-the-art sleep laboratory, as well as the world-leading neuroimaging facilities at York Neuroimaging Centre. 

Duties of the post-holder will include: carrying out studies of sleep and emotional memory in healthy adults; analysing and interpreting experimental data; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research.

Applicants should have a PhD in Psychology or a related discipline (or expect to be awarded this in the near future), and an evidenced ability to conduct and analyse experiments related to memory and/or emotion in adults. Experience of carrying out overnight sleep studies in the lab, as well as experience in fMRI data collection/analysis and the other planned methodologies is highly desirable.

The starting salary will be £31, 076 per annum. This appointment is available as soon as possible for 30 months. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Scott Cairney (email: Closing date for applications is 18 July 2017. Interviews will be held on 8 August 2017. General information about the Department is available at

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