Research Assistant, School of Psychology

Guildford, United Kingdom
05 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Psychology

Location: Guildford
Salary: £29,515
Post Type: Full Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date: Sunday 04 August 2019
Interview Date: Monday 19 August 2019

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 postdoctoral researcher to administer a battery of spatial and mathematical tasks to participating children. You will be responsible for visiting and liaising with schools, visiting and training sessional researchers who will be delivering training. You will be jointly responsible for data collection and data coding. You will also contribute to report writing, presentations, publications and dissemination to non-academic audiences.

You will have a BSc Degree or equivalent qualification in Psychology or a related subject, have some experience in conducting cognitive behavioural tasks and standard data coding. You will also have experience of statistical analysis using statistical packages such as R or SPSS.

The University of Surrey

The post-holder will be based in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey. 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. We are an ambitious, research-led organization, committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society. The University of Surrey is amongst the highest achieving universities in the United Kingdom. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School has a strong track record of innovation in Psychology, from the discovery of the McGurk effect, to changing educational approaches to national identity, and the ongoing development of mobile neuro-assessment. The School currently houses 500+ UG students, 100+ Masters and 150+ taught Doctorate and PhD students and more than 70 staff.

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Our benefits package also includes an exclusive discounted membership package to the Surrey Sports Park and an on-site Nursery.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Emily Farran ( or Dr. Camilla Gilmore ( if you would like further information or to discuss the post.

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