Research assistant in Psychology Uppsala University Department of Psychology Sweden

Research assistant



Sort on published: 2019-05-09


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


The researcher will join the newly formed Holmes research group at the Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (Emotion and Mental Imagery Lab). We use experimental psychopathology to inform psychological treatment development, with a focus on the area of mental imagery and the clinical field of psychological trauma.


Research Assistant position: Psychological and technical development for a remotely delivered psychological intervention after trauma


This is a 100% post as a research assistant in an international project where a remotely delivered psychological intervention after trauma will be developed and tested. You will be a part of a team including clinical research psychologists with expertise in psychological trauma and your main role will be leading the psychological interface and technical development of an online course approach, similar to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), first as a standalone course, and later as an integrated part of a digital psychological intervention. You may also work on digitally delivered intervention techniques informed by cognitive science, and in particular develop ways of remotely measuring cognition, symptoms and functioning.


 This position is likely to involve (subject to ongoing discussion with the PI):


    Working on the intersection between psychological science and technology, including building the MOOC-type approach (note: the precise technological approach will be developed in the initial phase with the project team including Prof Emily Holmes, Prof Andri Bjornsson and  Dr Monica Buhrman).

    Developing highly effective educational material for an online “course” in collaboration with trauma experts, programmers, and working with internet treatment colleagues, translators and focus groups to test these. The material will include text, images, illustrations and video clips, and will be developed so it is easily produced in a variety of languages.

    When developing materials in both written and visual/audio format to promote engagement with the intervention, consider how psychological symptoms after trauma such as avoidance in themselves may impact on the use of such material. 

    Consider how the materials can be used both with and without guidance from a mental health professional or other type of support, and ultimately how to best to proceed for a future clinical trial.

    To arrange focus groups with end users for co-creation of design

    Evaluating the educative material empirically and considering training aspects.

    Working with students and other team members and collaborators, with supervisory responsibility for junior staff as delegated by the project leader (Holmes).

    Drafting scientific papers and applications as required.

    Working both independently and as part of a team, with a focus on keeping deadlines, and together with international collaborators.

    Being a part of weekly project meetings on a dedicated days at Uppsala University, and being flexible with contact per e-mail and video conferences on other times, such as evenings according to the needs of the project and collaborating time zones.

    Travelling nationally and internationally to meet project group members or to present the project when required.


Qualifications: Bachelors in Psychology completed. Proven track record of psychological research on mental imagery and memory. Demonstrated interest in digital technologies in research. Demonstrated interest in engagement/design and digitally delivered interventions.


Other skills: Near completion of a PhD in Psychology. Good communication and problem-solving skills. Ability to work creatively and flexibly with other group members in Sweden and abroad. Excellent time management skills.


Please submit your application including your CV and a one page statement of interest and for how you see this position fitting into your overall career goals.


Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


Time frame: The project start is anticipated as September 2019. The latest start date would be January 2020.  The initial appointment will be for 2 years (with the possibility of renewal up to 3 years).


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Emily Holmes (


Please send your application, no later than May 28, 2019. Marked UFV-PA 2019/1306.










Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


Placement: Department of Psychology


Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months


Number of positions: 1


Working hours: 100 %


Town: Uppsala


County: Uppsala län


Country: Sweden


Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben




Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1306


Last application date: 2019-05-28

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