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Research Assistant

Surrey, United Kingdom
£32,982 to £34,980 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Psychological Sciences

Location: Guildford
Salary: £32,982 to £34,980 per annum
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 12 December 2023
Reference: 063323

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research.

We are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee.  

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively, and individually, make a real difference.  

The role An exciting opportunity for a research assistant with a PhD or relevant experience in psychology or a related field to contribute to and coordinate a range of dissemination activities in relation to our research on highly sensitive children in primary school. We recently completed longitudinal studies in Switzerland as well as the UK in order to develop new measures of sensitivity and investigate what aspects of the classroom matter most to highly sensitive children. In order to disseminate research findings, we plan to extend our current website, create an attractive ebooklet with basic information on sensitivity and research findings, develop training materials for teachers, and organise webinars and other events for various audiences.

The one year fixed term position is available starting January 2024 (or at earliest availability) at University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, under the supervision of Prof Michael Pluess and Dr Francesca Lionetti to support and coordinate the different dissemination activities.

About you

Although a postgraduate degree in psychology is desired, we will also consider applicants with relevant experience in public engagement and communication. We are looking for someone with:

  • A creative mindset
  • Ability to work with online technology (website, webinar)
  • Strong admin and organisation skills (ability to coordinate complex tasks and stick to deadlines)
  • Strong communication skills (writing and verbal)
  • Advanced knowledge on the topic of sensitivity 
  • Advanced understanding of research
  • Ability to work independently but collaboratively with others

How to apply

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter with your application. For informal enquiries, please contact

Please note Interviews will take place in mid December 2023.

Further details:    Job Description    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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