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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

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 potentially involve research trips 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 2019 in the first instance.

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) and a health assessment.

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 about this post may be directed to Professor N S Clayton

Please note the closing date for applications is 28th May 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. The expected start date is 2nd July 2018.

Please quote reference PJ15432 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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