Research Associate to Work on a Project Investigating the Infancy Precursors for Empathy Development
University of York, Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Associate

Department Psychology

Based at University of York - Heslington Campus

Hours of work Part-time

Contract status Fixed term

Salary £32,236 a year (reduced pro-rata for part-time working)

Posted Date 12/12/2018

Apply by 14/01/2019

Job Reference 7239

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Role Description

We are seeking a research associate to work on a project investigating the infancy precursors for empathy development under the supervision of Dr. Elena Geangu (see:,-elena/#research). The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Future Health at the University of York. The post-holder will join Dr. Geangu’s Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab (York DSN Lab) in the Department of Psychology. The Psychology Department at York is a great place to be a postdoc: it has a vibrant community of Early Career Researchers and excellent research facilities. York DSN Lab is equipped for using brain imaging, psychophysiology and behavioural methods with infants and young children. The lab is based in the Wolfson Suite (Berrick Saul building), which has all facilities necessary for conducting research with children of all ages. The Department was rated 4th in the UK for research quality in the most recent research assessment (REF 2014). It has an excellent track-record of developing people's careers and it holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its work in promoting gender equality (


You will be responsible for the development and day-to-day running of experiments, including participant recruitment, participant testing, data processing and analysis, and reporting on the progress of the project.


The research work will involve testing infants with a variety of tasks relying on electroencephalography (EEG), psychophysiology and behavioural measurements. Ideally, you will have experience of conducting psychological research with infants and young children as well as using EEG with this age group. Having experience using psychophysiology methods such as electromyography and skin conductance will represent an advantage. You will have a PhD in Psychology/Neuroscience or equivalent experience and knowledge in social neuroscience and/or developmental psychology to engage in high quality research. The position will offer opportunities for contributions to the design of the study and the resulting publications.


Given the nature of this work, it is also essential that you are self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a team. You must have excellent organisational and communication skills.


This post is fixed term (for 10 months, 0.9 FTE), starting on 1st of March 2019. Salary will be £32,236 pro rata per annum.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Informal inquiries about this post can be made to Dr. Elena Geangu at


Please note the closing date for applications is 14 January 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Shortlisting is expected to be announced on 31 January 2019 and interviews scheduled for 11 February.


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