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Research Assistant

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
24,983 Per year
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Role Description

The Department of Psychology is seeking a full time Research Assistant for 30 months to work on a major project funded by a new award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project focuses on the construct of mind-mindedness (parents’ ability to ‘tune in’ to their infants’ thoughts and feelings) and is led by Professor Elizabeth Meins. You will be based at the Department of Psychology at the University of York, but will be part of a team involving researchers at the universities of York, Durham and Liverpool. The Department of Psychology at York is a top five UK and top 100 world psychology department, and holds a silver Athena SWAN award. The project will be based in state-of-the-art developmental research facilities.


You will work with a sample of around 200 mothers and children, assisting with testing phases when children are 2, 3 and 4 years of age. You will be involved in collecting, interpreting, analysing and writing up the research data. The role will be supervised by a Postdoctoral Research Associate and will involve working with a team of undergraduate research volunteers. You will have opportunities to develop ideas and proposals for new independent and collaborative research projects.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

You will hold a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree in psychology or have equivalent expertise. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a high level of expertise in quantitative data analysis, and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a collaborative research team.

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