Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in psychology. The funding allows successful candidates to work for two years in the first instance. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

Applications are invited for a position of a research assistant at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC CBU). This post is funded by the Royal Society as part of a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship awarded to Dr Ben-Yakov to investigate the basic building units of episodic memory (memory for personal experience). Real life experience is continuous, yet when we reminisce about the past, we typically remember it as discrete episodes. This project asks how continuous experience is segmented and registered to long-term memory as separate events.

The post holder should hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology/neuroscience (although other related scientific or computational degrees will also be considered favourably). Experience with research, such as through a first class honour degree, a Master’s degree or previous experience as a research assistant, will be considered an advantage. The post holder will work as a research assistant on several studies, all examining how we encode and retrieve memories for whole episodes. The studies in the project are varied, including multiple types of behavioural experimental methods as well as neuroimaging techniques. This is a challenging role, which requires the ability to work independently and to learn multiple new skills according to the changing demands of the project, as well as initiative, flexibility and creativity. An important part of the role will be to prepare narrative films for experiments. This may include creating short films as well as preparation of films using video games like The Sims. Prior experience with film creation / editing would be beneficial.

The post holder will be line-managed by Aya Ben-Yakov. The post will include collaboration with the group of Scott Cairney at the University of York and is expected to involve spending time in York on several occasions.

For informal discussion please contact Dr Aya Ben-Yakov at the MRC CBU:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance. The starting date must be no later than 1 December 2020 (preferably earlier).

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th September 2019 with the interview date yet to be confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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