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Research Assistant/Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one part time Research Assistant/Associate position starting as soon as possible after the interview date. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, and will join the laboratory of Dr Tristan Bekinschtein (see:, working directly for Dr Valdas Noreika.

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Dr Noreika is investigating neurocognitive development of religious and moral beliefs from 6-year-old children to adults. To explore this topic, Dr Noreika is primarily using EEG, psychophysiological measurements, and cognitive paradigms. The successful candidate will be developing and testing a large set of sentences covering Christian, Atheist, and moral beliefs, as well as abstract scientific knowledge. Further, the work will include behavioural and EEG data collection from up to 200 participants, and multi-level modelling of neurocognitive measurements.

Applicants must have a strong background in linguistics and developmental science, and a higher degree/PhD in a relevant subject. Experience of using EEG with children and native or equivalent to native English language skills are essential. Experience in programming, especially in R or Matlab, and a good understanding of multi-level modelling or similar statistical methods are highly desirable.

If you are prepared to face intellectual challenges and wish to develop your scientific skills, while working in a team, we would like to hear from you.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2019 in the first instance. Please note that funding for a Research Associate is 0.6fte and for a Research Assistant is 0.8fte.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and should be directed to Dr Valdas Noreika

Please note the closing date for applications is 2nd April 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Interviews will take place the week commencing the 16th of April.

Please quote reference PJ15042 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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