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Psychology Support Specialist

University of Dundee - Psychology

Location: Dundee
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 Grade 7.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th September 2020
Closes: 7th October 2020
Job Ref: SSOC0154

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to enhance the excellence in teaching and research in Psychology within the School of Social Sciences to achieve the objectives of our BPS accredited programmes. The role holder will be required to provide psychology-focused specialist technical and associated administrative support for teaching and research activities in Psychology. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing and supporting the specialist technical needs of the research and teaching team, and students completing BPS accredited BSc/MA/MSc psychology degrees at the University of Dundee. This will include training and supporting staff and students working with specialist equipment and software, and will require up to date specialist technical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overall Responsibility for technical responsibilities within Psychology, working under the guidance of academics to ensure direction of travel is appropriate.
  • Day to day supervision of technical staff in Psychology.
  • Providing specialist technical software and hardware support for staff and students in the wide range of research and teaching activities on the psychology programmes, including the use of specialist experience to provide extensive guidance, troubleshooting, support and training to students conducting research studies or projects.
  • Advising staff and students on the suitability of technical software and hardware systems that will support their research and teaching.
  • Developing business plans and funding bids to replace and extend the technical facilities of Psychology both internally and externally.
  • Working with the Head of Discipline, manage a proportion of the Psychology core budget each year.
  • Maintaining and disseminating expertise in the use of survey software (such as JOS), writing code for experimental psychological research (e.g. E prime, MATLAB, GORILLA) and analysis (e.g. SPSS, R, Python).
  • Configuring, maintaining, repairing and supporting use of laboratory and research hardware including laptops and bespoke equipment with purpose-specific technologies (e.g., eye-trackers, EEG equipment).
  • Operating, servicing, maintenance and calibration of specialist psychology equipment.
  • Sourcing and maintaining stocks of research resources, including psychological tests, as well as input into larger and more specialist purchases, liaising with relevant contacts and suppliers to ensure fit for purpose solutions and cost effectiveness.
  • Responsible for day to day management of specialist research resources or facilities, including:
    • Managing the School’s laboratory resources and loan of resources and equipment, including the Test Library.
    • Managing and maintaining the room booking system for shared research labs.
    • Supporting and managing the use of psychological tests, including training of staff and students and booking of these tests, where appropriate.
  • When requested, training staff and students in specialist techniques and processes to support their technical needs / requirements, specific to both planned research projects and teaching. This will also involve the development of the training materials to support this independently.
  • Delivering inductions sessions and group demonstrations regularly to groups of students on all lab facilities.
  • Use of expert knowledge to implement and review local rules, University Health & Safety policies and legislative requirements; set and uphold standards, e.g. safe working, good laboratory practices, relevant legal frameworks.
  • Consulting, collaborating and influencing by liaising and building relationships with key contacts/customers (internal and external). This includes national groups of support staff, BPS events and hardware/software support networks.
  • Planning, managing and prioritising own workload while responding to the changing priorities and needs of a busy, dynamic environment. Responding independently using initiative and judgement to find solutions and take action.
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