Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK has an opening postdoctoral associate position in psychology. Applications are welcome before December 27, 2018.

We are seeking a research assistant to work on a project investigating causal reasoning in corvids and humans, funded by the ERC. The Principal Investigator is Professor Nicola Clayton (see: The post-holder will join Prof Clayton’s Comparative Cognition research group in the Department of Psychology.

The person appointed will be responsible for the day-to-day running of experiments, and will help with the administration and organisation of both the grant and experiments.

The research work will involve training and testing corvids at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour in Madingley, as well as some testing of humans (primarily, but not exclusively, children and young infants). This role may involve a research trip overseas to test corvids at our collaborators’ research station in New Caledonia. Consequently, it is desirable that the post-holder has experience of running cognitive experiments with humans, ideally children, and essential that they have experience of working with birds, ideally corvids. Applicants should have a background in experimental psychology, biology, or a related field.

Given the nature of this work, it is also essential that the post holder is self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a team. They must have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be prepared to do both lab-based testing and field work.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Informal inquiries about this post can be made to Professor N S Clayton at

Please note the closing date for applications is 27 December 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.


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