Research Fellow for ESRC-Funded Project on Spaced Retrieval Practice

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £34,304
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Dec 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Centre for Vision and Cognition

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £33,309 to £34,304
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/08/2024)
Closing Date: Monday 27 December 2021
Reference:  1617021JW

Applications are invited for a fixed-term (until 31/08/2024), full-time Research Fellow post to work on an ESRC-funded project on successive relearning (spaced retrieval practice). The post has multiple strands: (1) two large-scale online studies taking place over several months (2) a classroom intervention testing the efficacy of successive relearning in an applied context (3) working in collaboration with a software company (Exam Prepper) to deliver successive relearning schedules to students in an online environment.

Objective 1. Identify successive relearning schedules that optimise student learning in an efficient manner across a variety of teaching and learning contexts.

Objective 2. Identify the underlying learning mechanisms of successive relearning that make it effective for memory retention.

Objective 3. Explore positive effects of successive relearning on other aspects of the student experience such as the (a) promotion of new learning, (b) enhancement of metacognitive monitoring, academic self-efficacy, and attentional control, and (c) reduction in students' worry and anxiety.

Objective 4. Test the robustness of SR by implementing it locally, within a large undergraduate psychology module and with a specific focus on transfer of learning to new material.

Objective 5.  Deliver effective successive relearning schedules using Exam Prepper software to students in school and university.

An overview of the programme of research can be found in the attached "Summary of Research" document.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Online Experiment Preparation. Development of experimental materials, submissions to the ethics committee, and programming of the online studies on Prolific for online data collection.
  • Overseeing Online Data Collection and Data Analyses. Monitoring data collection, arranging participant payment, responding to participant queries, downloading data, analysing data.
  • Managing and Implementing a Classroom Intervention. Programming the online intervention, monitoring intervention progress and problem-solving, responding to student queries, analysing data upon completion.
  • Dissemination. Preparing articles for publication in refereed journals, presenting results at conferences, or exhibiting work at other appropriate events.
  • Delivering Successive Relearning with Software.  Working alongside the software company Exam Prepper to deliver successive relearning schedules to students in schools and universities.   
  • Any other duties as allocated by the line manager following consultation with the post holder.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in experimental psychology.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal inquiries are welcome and can be sent to Dr Phil Higham (

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1617021JW on all correspondence. 

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