Research Assistant

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
£30,046 - £35,844 pro rata
14 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Education and Social Sciences

Part time: 14 hours, Fixed term 12 months (home-based)

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant in Psychology with relevant research experience to work on a Purina 2020 Sponsorship for Human-Animal Bond Studies funded study examining the psychology of the child-dog bond. The aim of the study is to examine whether naturalistic child-dog interactions relate to children’s level of emotional attachment to pets, and child’s psychological wellbeing outcomes.

The successful candidate will be preferably educated to BSc/MSc level in a subject relevant to psychology and/or dog behaviour or human-animal interaction, and will have relevant research experience in working with children and/or dogs, behavioural observation, online survey data collection, and quantitative statistical analysis. Ideally, the successful candidate will have knowledge of attachment literature, and experience using psychological wellbeing measures. The position will involve developing and piloting behavioural ethograms for children and dogs, recruiting participants, collecting online survey data from parents and children, analysing child and dog behaviour from video footage, data analysis, and report writing.

The postholder will work closely with the principal investigator on the project, Dr Roxanne Hawkins, and the co-investigator, Dr Nicola McGuigan. The work will be carried out in the UWS School of Education and Social Sciences, Division of Psychology, based at the Paisley campus, but given the nature of the work, can be carried out remotely as a home-based position. Must be available for weekly meetings between 9-5 GMT Monday-Friday (workdays are flexible). The start date is as soon as possible.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr Roxanne Hawkins (

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Interview Date:  Interviews are expected to be held between 5-8 October.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

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