Postdoctoral Research Associate in Comparative Affective Science, Psychology

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 7 £33,199 - £39,609
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department Of Psychology

Grade 7 £33,199 - £39,609

The Project: Production and perception of expressions of emotions in humans and their closest relatives.

A 36-month fixed-term full time post-doctoral Research Associate position is available at the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK. The successful candidate will join a collaborative research team led by Dr. Zanna Clay, Dr Anthony Atkinson (Durham University) and Dr Mariska Kret (Leiden University, Netherlands), as well as other researchers on this project. The position is funded by the Open Research Area - Economic & Social Research Council (UK).
The successful candidate will conduct behavioural and psycho-physical research (non-invasive) with adult humans in Durham, UK and in Africa, where they will conduct cross-cultural research with adult humans in Rwanda and DR Congo and with bonobos in a forested sanctuary in DR Congo (assisted by a research assistant). A cross-cultural comparison with Japan will take place in collaboration with Dr Akihiro Tanaka (Tokyo Woman's Christian University). The researcher will closely interact with another post-doc working on the project (who will be based in Leiden, under the supervision of Dr Mariksa Kret).

The research will involve a combination of quantitative approaches including eye-tracking, touchscreen experiments, psycho-physical measures (infra-red thermal imaging, pupillometry), behavioural experiments and observations. Computing and programming support is provided.

This post is fixed term for up to 36 months– funding is available for this fixed period only.

The successful candidate will be employed to work on a research project which will be led by the Principal Investigators Z. Clay, M. Kret and Co-Investigator A. Atkinson. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

The position is available from April 1st 2019 at the earliest, though timing is flexible.

Closes midday on : 20-Feb-2019