Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Biological and Chemical Sciences - Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Psychology, ACE Grant.

The Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London is seeking to recruit a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to support an Arts Council of England (ACE) funded project, working with the charity Duckie (

Ageing is a growing concern in many countries, with projections suggesting that older adults (aged 65+) will comprise 25% of the population by 2025. Although people are living longer, they are not necessarily living well. Ageing is associated with social isolation, which can negatively impact engagement, health, and well-being, and strain health and social services. Current projections highlight the need for cost-effective solutions to help older adults stay independent, active, connected and happy, and to reduce ageing-related demands on services. In collaboration with academics from QMUL and the charity Duckie, the post-holder will engage in cross-sectional and longitudinal research to evaluate Duckie’s Posh Club for older adults. This project will provide important insights into the ways that the arts-based interventions can help older adults to live and age well within their communities.

The post holder will be based in London and work closely with, and under the supervision, of Dr Janelle Jones (PI). The main role of this post includes the on-going coordination and management of the research project. This involves refinement of study procedures and materials, data collection, data entry, screening and analysis, as well as writing up findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The post holder will also work closely with a team from Duckie in two centres (Hackney, London; Crawley, West Sussex) to support participant recruitment and implementation of the study in the field.

We are looking for highly motivated and experienced candidates, with a PhD (ABD considered) or equivalent qualification in social or health psychology. Candidates must have demonstrable experience in the successful management of longitudinal and/or community-based research projects (ideally with older adults). In addition to advanced project management and associated organisational, administrative and communication skills, candidates must also be proficient in the use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS). Experience with interviewing, data management and longitudinal data analysis would be an advantage.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

The position is full time (part-time work and/or job sharing will be considered) and for a fixed term period until 31st January 2019. The successful candidate must be able to start as soon as possible. The salary will be in the range of £32,956 - £36,677 per annum. Salary will be according to qualifications, skills and experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a defined benefit pension scheme.

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For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Janelle Jones via e-mail

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The closing date for applications is 22 January 2018. Interviews will be held as soon as possible following the closing date.

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