Research Associate in the Memory and Thought Lab
University of York, Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Associate

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
£32,236 a year
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Role Description

Understanding how we generate thoughts and actions that are appropriate to our circumstances is a key challenge within cognitive neuroscience. This is a 14 month position located in the friendly and highly productive Memory and Thought Lab at the University of York, headed by Beth Jefferies and Jonny Smallwood. The applicant will have the ability to use multiple neuroscience methods to the understanding of ongoing cognition, in particular those concerned with the application of time resolved statistical techniques such as hidden markov modeling. There are currently five postdocs and seven PhD students working on linked projects investigating neural networks supporting different patterns of memory retrieval.


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 at the York Neuroimaging Centre. The Department was rated 4th in the UK for research quality in the most recent research assessment (REF 2014). The research group has an excellent track-record of developing people's careers and the Department holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its work in promoting gender equality.


As a Research Associate in the Memory and Thought Lab, you will conduct research and develop new projects under the supervision of Jonny Smallwood. You will be expected to work independently, and also collaboratively with others. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in the underlying architecture of memory retrieval, who will be able to develop analyses to test hypotheses about brain organisation within the domain of semantic cognition. You will have prior experience of neuroimaging analysis, machine learning techniques, coding skills in MATLAB and Python.


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed:

  • A PhD in Neuroscience/Psychology or another relevant field (or equivalent experience).

  • Knowledge of neuroimaging methods, experimental design and advanced statistics, plus an ability to apply these methods to address specific research questions.

  • An interest in brain organisation and semantic cognition, and an understanding of contemporary issues in cognitive neuroscience.

  • High attention to detail to ensure high-quality research at all stages of the process.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing results up for publication and presenting at conferences.

  • An ability to work as part of a highly-focussed and productive team, and also to work independently.


This post is full time (37 hours per week) and is available on a fixed term basis until 31 May 2020. Salary will be £32,236 per year.


Please direct any informal queries to Jonny Smallwood (


For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.


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