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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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The post has become available following the award of a 3-year ESRC grant to Dr Aidan Horner and Dr Lisa Henderson. Episodic memory is a core cognitive function that allows us to remember the past and think about the future. This project is interested in how we might be able to boost memory retention, and whether this might be used to aid learning in a classroom setting. It will use experimental psychology, computational modelling, and fMRI to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms that underpin memory retention. As a member of the York Episodic Memory Lab (, headed by Dr Aidan Horner, you will have the opportunity to carry out experimental psychology and fMRI experiments. In collaboration with Dr Lisa Henderson you will also have the opportunity to collaborate on experiments in developmental populations. You will also be part of the wider Sleep, Language and Memory (SLAM) lab (, a large, active research group with four PIs, and several postdocs and PhD students.

The Psychology Department at York is a great place to be a postdoc: it has a vibrant community of Early Career Researchers and excellent research facilities at the York Neuroimaging Centre (fMRI, MEG & TMS). The Department was rated 4th in the UK for research quality in the most recent research assessment (REF 2014). The Department holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its work in promoting gender equality.


As a Research Associate in the York Episodic Memory Lab, you will conduct research and develop new projects under the supervision of Aidan Horner. You will be expected to work independently, and also collaboratively with others. Duties will include: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; and contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in the neurocognitive mechanisms of long-term memory and spatial navigation, who will be able to develop analyses to test hypotheses about episodic memory retrieval, retention, and forgetting.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience or another relevant field (or equivalent experience).
  • An interest in research on long-term memory and learning, and an understanding of contemporary issues in cognitive neuroscience.
  • High attention to detail to ensure high-quality research at all stages of the process.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing results up for publication and presenting at conferences.
  • An ability to work as part of a highly-focussed and productive team, and also to work independently.


This post is initially fixed-term for 24 months, but there may be a possibility of extension pending further funding.


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