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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the team of psychologists, communication experts and those experienced in user-centred design at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication.

The Research Assistant will help with all aspects of the Winton Centre's work, which spans many disciplines, including the communication of risk and evidence in healthcare, the legal sector, government and journalism. The post-holder will be expected to focus initially on a project with a UK government department on the visual communication of uncertainty around official statistics, systematic review work on the potential harms of breast cancer treatment, and assist with the gathering of user feedback on online tools that the Centre has in production.

In addition, there is likely to be the opportunity to work on some more academically focused work on what people understand from various risk communication formats across a range of fields and cultures. In this case, there may well be the opportunity to contribute to the design of experiments and the writing of scientific papers. However, the main focus of the Centre's work is always to understand the needs of communicators and audiences and hence serve them, rather than to further academic research or publish academic papers.

Applicants are expected to have either an excellent undergraduate degree in Psychology, behavioural science, or a closely related discipline, or to be able to demonstrate why their experience makes them an excellent candidate for the job.

An ideal candidate would have demonstrable experience of reviewing, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting studies involving a variety of (human) participants. This should include working independently to prepare experimental tasks, recruiting for and carrying out heterogeneous participant samples, and using a range of statistical techniques for data analysis. High levels of motivation and organization and the capacity to work flexibly, including at locations across the UK, will be necessary.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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.

With your application, please upload a full curriculum vitae, and a one page statement that explains why you find the job of interest, why you think you would be an ideal candidate, and what your future aspirations are. The contact details of at least two referees will be required. Please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Enquiries can also be directed to Dr William Skylark (

The closing date for applications is 27 July 2018. Interviews are expected to be in the week commencing 6 August 2018.

Please quote reference LF15970 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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