Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology
School of Psychology
Salary: £32,236 to £40,792 per annum
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 04 August 2019
Interview Date: Monday 19 August 2019
Start date:1st October 2019
Duration: 24 months
Primary work place: School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Line manager & Principal Investigator: Prof. Emily Farran
You will work on a project detailing the relationship between spatial ability and mathematical cognition in primary school children. The project aims to identify: 1) the mechanisms underlying the relationship between LEGO®construction abilities and mathematics; 2) whether this differs for physical vs. digital Lego; 3) whether both physical Lego and digital Lego construction activities can be used to improve spatial abilities and measure the impact that this has on mathematics ability. You will be part of a strong team of experts in spatial cognition and mathematical cognition. You will recruit primary schools, and children, to be involved in each phase of the project. For both phases, you will work with a graduate research assistant to administer a battery of spatial and mathematical tasks to participating children. You will be responsible for data coding and initial analyses of the data. You will also contribute to report writing, presentations, publications (at least one first author paper is envisaged) and dissemination to non-academic audiences.
You will have a PhD or equivalent qualification in Psychology or a related subject (or will be close to finishing your PhD), have experience in conducting cognitive behavioural studies and standard data coding as well as experience of statistical analysis using statistical packages such as R or SPSS.
The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefitting from excellent rail and road connections.
Please note, it is Univeristy Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to L3.6 (£31,302)per annum (Full time)to successful applicants which have been awarded, but are yet to receive their PhD cerificate. Once the verified original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR dept, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236) per annum (full-time)