Research Assistant in Social-Affective Neuroscience

Egham, United Kingdom
£29,645 to £34,951 per annum - including London Allowance
29 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Psychology

Location: Egham
Salary: £29,645 to £34,951 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Interview Date: See advert

Fixed-Term, Full-Time

Applications are invited for a for a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager to work with the research team at the Lab of Action & Body (LAB led by Professor  Manos Tsakiris and assist with the development of the ERC-funded INtheSELF project ( Our lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging and psychophysiological techniques to explore the neurocognitive mechanisms of interoception and especially as they relate to body-awareness and social cognition.

The research assistant/lab manager will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to a PhD.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  1. data acquisition using behavioural, psychophysiological, and brain imaging techniques;
  2. management and analyses of datasets;
  3. subject recruitment and screening; and
  4. managing the lab and performing administrative duties to serve the research and outreaching operations of the LAB.

The position is designed for an individual with a good BSc (minimum required degree classification of 2:1) in Psychology or related discipline (e.g. neuroscience, cognitive science) and proven research experience in quantitative data collection as part of psychological or neuroscience experiments.

Experience in social psychology/neuroscience, psychophysiology or developmental psychology are highly desirable. An ability to work independently with good judgment, organizational and time management skills is necessary. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are necessary.

A high degree of familiarity with programs such as SPSS, R, Matlab , SPM, AD Instruments or BIOPAC systems, is especially desired but not required, and would otherwise be learned on the job.

Key duties for the post  include managing the day to day activities of the lab including running experiments, managing subject payment systems and databases, preparing experimental materials, preparing ethics applications, liaising with schools, families and other partners, and contributing to the overall efficient running of the LAB’s operations.

The position is highly suitable for applicants who wish to obtain substantial research experience before commencing a PhD in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience.

Further details and an application form are available to download at or by contacting the Recruitment Team by email: or tel: 01784 414241.

The Psychology Department, located in Egham, close to Central London, has an excellent research profile (rated 6th in the latest Research Excellence Framework) and benefits from state-of-the-art research facilities (e.g. MRI, TMS, EEG, cognitive behavioural testing suites, Babylab).

The preferred start date is January 2020 or as soon as can be arranged for a fixed term of 8 months (end 31st August 2020), and it can be subject to extension. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Manos Tsakiris at and more information about the research at the LAB can be found here:

Interested applicants should submit: (i) the College’s standard application form, (ii) a full curriculum vitae with a list of publications and contact details of two academic referees; (iii) a 1-page statement of past and current research activities and areas of interest; Please submit all requested information in ONE file as surname.pdf by email at

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Closing Date: Midnight, 15 November 2019
Interview Date: Week commencing 9 December 2019

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration and the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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