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Research Assistant/Associate (P/T or F/T) (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (either full time or part-time for maternity cover) 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 Professor Clayton's Comparative Cognition research group in the Department of Psychology.

The person appointed will be responsible and expected to play a lead role in the day-to-day running and organisation of experiments. They will also assist the PI in administration of the ERC grant. The research work will involve training and testing corvids at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour in Madingley, and testing of humans (primarily, but not exclusively, children and young infants). This work will include designing and running the experiments, constructing necessary equipment and lab set ups, collecting and analyzing data and writing the work up for publication and presentations, as well as liaising with other members of the lab and technicians, and reporting to the Principal Investigator. This role will require working closely with other members of the ERC team (Postdocs and Research Assistant). It may also involve training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students and internship visitors involved in any related research projects.

Consequently, it is essential that the post-holder has a PhD in Experimental Psychology or related discipline (Research Associate) or is in the process of submitting their thesis (Research Assistant). It is essential that they experience of conducting research with animals, ideally birds, and desirable to have experience conducting research with humans, ideally children. Knowledge of comparative cognition and cognitive development research is essential. 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, leadership and communication skills.

The length of the appointment is ideally from 1st July 2019 until 31st January 2020.

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 a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Professor N S Clayton,

Please note the closing date for applications is 6 June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19042 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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

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