Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology

Egham, United Kingdom
£38,467 per annum - including London Allowance
21 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £38,467 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 29 September 2023
Reference:  0623-283

Full Time, Fixed-Term for 15 months

Applications are invited for a 15-month, full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

This position is funded by an ESRC research grant awarded to Professor Kathy Rastle in collaboration with Professor Marc Brysbaert (Ghent University, Belgium) and Professor Marco Marelli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy). The project asks what children and adolescents learn through reading experience and involves a combination of corpus analyses and behavioural experiments. The postholder will be working closely with another postdoctoral researcher on the project (Maria Korochkina) who has designed a new corpus of children’s and young people’s books. This post will lead on designing behavioural experiments with children and adolescents based on insights from that corpus. 

Applicants should hold a PhD in psychology or a closely related discipline.  They must have outstanding quantitative skills, including experience in efficient handling and analysis of large datasets.  Experience in designing and programming of psychological experiments is essential and experience conducting research with children in schools would be an advantage. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about using open science tools to improve the rigour and impact of the project.  The post requires an enhanced DBS check.  

We offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave and training and development opportunities.  The successful applicant will work in Professor Rastle’s lab in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. 

The planned start date is 4 March 2024 but could be earlier for the right candidate. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Kathy Rastle on

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0623-283

Closing Date:   23:59, 29 September 2023  

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Further details:    Job Description     Person Specification    

This position is not eligible for hybrid working.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.

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