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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
31,604 a year
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Role Description

The Department of Psychology is seeking a full time Research Associate for three years 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, conducting testing phases when children are 2, 3 and 4 years of age. You will be responsible for collecting, interpreting, analysing and writing up the research data, and will disseminate the findings at conferences and public engagement events. The role involves supervising a postgraduate research assistant and a team of undergraduate research volunteers. You will have opportunities to contribute to undergraduate teaching and develop ideas and proposals for new independent and collaborative research projects.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

You will hold a PhD in psychology or have equivalent expertise, as well as experience of working with children and families and/or vulnerable groups. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a high level of expertise in quantitative data analysis, be well organised and able to work using your initiative, while also functioning well in a collaborative research team.

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 36 months



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