Research Assistant in EvoFIT Facial Composite System

Preston, United Kingdom
Grade: E (22,417 - £25,217) pro-rata
09 Nov 2019
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10 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Application closing date 10/11/2019  
Location Preston Campus  
Salary Grade: E (22,417 - £25,217) pro-rata  
Job category/type Professional Services, Research

Job description

The School of Psychology wishes to appoint two Research Assistants to support development of the EvoFIT facial composite system.  The role for one RA is on a 0.2 FTE basis for a period of one year, and the other is on a 0.1 FTE basis also for a period of one year.  Appointees should have a strong commitment to research, experience and assessment of the EvoFIT facial composite system, and very good experience of photo editing techniques.

EvoFIT is an award willing system used by police in the UK and overseas to construct facial-composite images.  Trained police practitioners use this system to interview witnesses and victims of crime, to generate investigative leads.  There has been considerable development for this face-production system and the roles advertised will improve system databases and software tools, and then engage in research practice to verify the effectiveness of these improvements.  The project is based in the School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology and is located in the purpose-built Darwin Building.  The School is well resourced, with an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including a Health Psychology Suite, an Observational Suite, an Eye tracking laboratory, a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and a Brain Imaging Laboratory, with the latter housing neuroimaging facilities such as EEG/ERP, EMG, TMS, tDCS, fNIRS and fTCD.  The School offers staff a supportive and collegiate environment.

Essential criteria for the posts in terms of experience and qualifications include experience of research practice and good knowledge of EvoFIT.

In terms of essential skills, the posts require proven practical and theoretical skills in research in Psychology. The posts also require very good use of photo-editing techniques for facial image enhancement as well as good presentation and communication skills, the ability to work effectively and efficiently as an individual and as a member of a team, and good self-organisation skills.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charlie Frowd, Professor of Forensic Psychology, for further information. 

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview.  The positions are based in Preston.

Please apply online via or by contacting Human Resources on 01772 892324 quoting reference number. CV's will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form

School/Service: School of Psychology
Grade: E (22,417 - £25,217) pro-rata
Hours: Part Time (Post 1 - 3.63 hours per week - 0.1 FTE)
(Post 2 - 7.25 hours per week - 0.2 FTE)
Basis: Fixed Term Contract for 12 months
Closing Date: 10th November 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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