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Research Assistant

University of Bath - Psychology

Location: Bath
Salary: £29,605 to £36,024 pro rata per annum, Grade 6
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: CH11778

The Department of Psychology is seeking a Research Assistant to work on a project. 

About the role

Dementia is a progressive illness affecting 885,000 older people in the UK. Dementia can have devastating consequences for a person and their loved ones. Treatment using music has been shown to bring someone with dementia ‘back to life’. Most studies have investigated passive music treatment such as music listening while others have investigated more active music treatment such as singing.

We have developed an active music treatment which comprises an easy-to-follow method to allow the patient with dementia to play preferred music or songs with the piano with the help of their caregiver. We have tested this method with four patients to assess initial feasibility, but now aim to involve patients and caregivers from the outset to refine the developed treatment so that it can be the best it can be.

You will be working alongside Dr Karin Petrini (PI) on all phases of this project from recruiting five people with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers with help from our funder (Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) and other stakeholders (e.g., The Research Institute for the Care of Older People - RICE) to organising material (e.g., music to play with the piano as well as measures to be used in a future study) and public and patient involvement (PPI) meetings to gather feedback and further develop the music intervention. 

This is a part-time (15 hours per week) fixed term role until 31 March 2025.

About you 

  • A first degree (BA/BSc) in psychology or similar fields.
  • Relevant work experience in psychology research, and/or public and patient involvement (PPI) and/or working with a clinical population.
  • Highly proficient with the piano, i.e., grade 5 ABRSM (or equivalent) as a minimum requirement.
  • Experience of working with people living with dementia is not essential however, desirable. 

About the Department 

The Department of Psychology is based in a new £30m purpose-built facility, containing two floors of state-of-the-art labs for interview, group observation, EEG/ERP, virtual reality, psychobiology, eye-tracking, pain, cross-modal and computerised testing. Research in the department occurs across more than six major subdisciplines in psychology, including clinical, cognition and neuroscience, developmental, environmental, health, and social.

For an informal discussion about the position contact Karin Petrini kp504@bath.ac.uk however please still submit your application through the university website.

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