Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life & Environmental Sciences

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a project looking at whether sleep flushes out leftovers of recent perceptual and cognitive activities, led by Dr Nicolas Dumay. This ESRC funded project tests the clean-up hypothesis in the context of language procedural knowledge, using performance-based and eye-tracking measures on young and healthy aging individuals. The team also includes Prof. Arthur Samuel (Stony Brook University, NY and BCBL, Spain), as international co-investigator, Dr Efthymia Kapnoula (BCBL, Spain), as technical consultant, and a Graduate Research Assistant to be appointed at 20% of full-time. The post is available for 36 months (full-time) as of September 1st 2018 and will be based at the Washington Singer Labs (Streatham Campus). 

The successful applicant will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the project, taking care of stimulus and protocol preparation, ethics applications, and data analysis, management and archiving. They will supervise data collection by the Graduate Research Assistant and undergraduate interns, and contribute to it directly occasionally. They will also manage the Language and Memory Lab. They will contribute to research ideas and experimental designs and have an important role in disseminating project findings through conference presentations and journal articles. They will also be responsible for the impact activities in the UK. In addition, they will engage in developing new research questions and projects, identify sources of research funding, and contribute to the process of securing fund. 

The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the neurocognition of language, and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. They will have a doctorate in experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience and a demonstrated ability to publish strong research articles as lead author. They will show excellent time-management, organisational skills, and the capacity to adapt their work pattern to meet objectives of the project. They will have the capacity to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as leader as required. Finally, they will have an eye for methodological perfection and a genuine interest in language plasticity and memory consolidation broadly construed. Expertise in eye-tracking, and in particular, in the visual-world paradigm (including growth curve analyses applied to eye fixations) will be highly desirable. 

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role. 

For further information please contact Nicolas Dumay, by e-mail on or telephone 01392 724 666. 

Interviews are expected to take place on June 19th 2018. 

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements. 

This role may be subject to additional background screening. 

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P62105 in any correspondence. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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