Research Assistant in Developing Belief and Religious Cognition
University of Nottingham Department in Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Assistant - Developing Belief and Religious Cognition (fixed term/part time)

Closing Date
Thursday, 3rd February 2022
Job Type
£27924 to £30497 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant (18.75 hours per week) to join Dr Emily Burdett on a John Templeton Funded research project examining the development and diversity of religious cognition and belief. The project activities will investigate the similarities and differences in how religious cognition and behaviour are acquired in different cultural contexts, and also how the processes of social learning (e.g., testimony, text, instruction, imitation) support the development of religious cognition and behaviour. The role holder will join a diverse international team of researchers called the Developing Belief Network, where work is currently being conducted across 10 different teams and across 30 different sites globally. More information about the project is available here:

The role holder will be expected to work independently and take the lead in day-to-day management of child recruitment and data collection. They will recruit participants, help to program experiments, and collect data at the university, local schools, churches and mosques, and the Winchester Science Museum. Experience with child and family recruitment is essential. The role holder will work with the supervisor to build relationships with local schools, churches, and mosques to conduct longitudinal studies. Data collection will involve some evening and weekend work. 

Candidates should have a good degree in Psychology, or relevant area such as Cognitive or Behavioural Science. The ideal candidate will have practical experience recruiting and running experiments with children and families relevant to cognitive development, experience with analysing and interpreting data, and ability to build relationships among local schools and places of worship. The role holder must hold a full current driving licence and a willingness to drive in the UK unless disability precludes this. The role holder will also be required to work some weekends and out of hours occasionally and where required.

The successful candidate will join a large and vibrant research group at the University of Nottingham as well as a wide network of top developmental experts involved in the project. The School of Psychology has excellent resources for carrying out research with children, including dedicated lab space, good links with schools and a large participant database. It is located in the attractive University Park campus, with an adjacent tram stop allowing easy access to the city of Nottingham. 

This post is available from 1 March 2022 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 01 March 2025. This is a part-time post (18.75 hours per week). 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Emily Burdett, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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