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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Psychology

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd May 2022
Closes: 25th July 2022
Job Ref: 99649

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time, Fixed Term contract for up to 18 months

Background

This postdoctoral research position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project focuses on how social brains are built and we aim to uncover early emerging abilities/biases that social animals - such as humans and honeybees - have that enable them to build more complex social abilities. For this position the candidate must have a PhD and a keen interest in how social brains are built. Experience in developmental psychology, or comparative studies, is a strength but not a requirement. The candidate must either have some knowledge of (or be keen to learn about) social cognition, cultural evolution, and cognitive development. Programming skills (e.g. R, MATLAB) are a plus.

Summary of Role

  • Develop theory and experiments to uncover early emerging abilities/biases that social animals - such as humans and honey bees - have that enable them to build more complex social abilities.
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • If necessary, contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial cusses (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews*
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters*
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research*
  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

Person Specification

  • High level analytical capability
  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area of equivalent qualifications.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources affectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with other to avoid conflict of duplication of effort

Informal enquires to Dr. Jennifer Cook, email: j.l.cook@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button above or visit our careers website;

https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233, please quote Job Ref 99649 in all enquiries.

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