Research Assistant

University of Sussex - School of Psychology

The University of Sussex is a leading teaching and research institution and is ranked within the top 20 in the UK and the top 150 in the world.

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK with considerable strengths in both research and teaching. The School was rated 10th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and receives excellent student ratings for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

A Research Assistant is required for a project funded by the University of Sussex Research Development Fund. The project will explore the impact of parenting and parental anxiety on children’s experiences with risk and challenge through risky play, and the development of childhood fears and anxiety.

The postholder will be involved in relationship building with gatekeeper organisations (e.g. schools, charities, parenting groups) and the recruitment of families to participate in online and in-person research studies. They will be expected to take an active role in preparation of study materials, data collection, and data management and analysis.

The postholder will be supervised by faculty in the School of Psychology (Dr. Kathryn Lester and Professor Andy Field). Successful candidates will have at least an undergraduate degree in Psychology, experience of working with families and children, and the ability and willingness to work flexibly. The successful candidate will need to have a current portable DBS certificate, or, obtain DBS clearance.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Kathryn Lester (

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

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