Research Assistant

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

Contract Type: Fixed-term from 1st February 2017 for 18 months.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Location: Cathedral Court, Sheffield City Centre


We are seeking an excellent and motivated researcher to work on an exciting project testing the effectiveness of a short executive function training program for improving cognitive and academic skills in preschoolers from diverse backgrounds. The project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, involves a collaboration between the University of Sheffield (Dr Dan Carroll and Dr Danielle Matthews), Cardiff University (Dr Emma Blakey) and the University of Nottingham (Dr Lucy Cragg).

You will lead all stages of the project, including recruitment, running the intervention, examining its effectiveness, and analysing the data. You will also be involved in drafting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

You should have a good degree and a Masters in Psychology or a closely related discipline and have demonstrable experience in leading experiments and analysing data using multivariate statistics. You should have experience working with children. Experience running developmental studies in schools, running interventions or longitudinal studies would be an advantage. You should have an interest in cognitive development and intervention research, and be highly organised, highly motivated and able to communicate effectively, with excellent statistical skills. In addition, you should be capable of working effectively independently and as part of a team. Previous experience supervisory experience with undergraduates or research assistants is desirable.

Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure report from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This is a full-time, fixed term post for 18 months, with a starting date of 1st February 2017.

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