Research Fellow in Psychology
University of Warwick, Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Fellow 

Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£30,395 - £39,609 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry


Vacancy Overview


Fixed Term, Full-Time Contract for 22 months at 100% FTE, or two part-time posts at 50% FTE may be considered.


The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a full-time, postdoctoral researcher for 22 months based at the Department of Psychology, as part of the research grant ‘Life Course Dynamics after Preterm Birth – Protective Factors for Social and Educational Transitions, Health, and Prosperity (PREMLIFE)’ funded by NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) related to the DIAL research programme (Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes).


The Project management team consists of the coordinator Dr Sakari Lemola (University of Warwick), Prof Dieter Wolke (University of Warwick), Prof Katri Räikkönen (University of Helsinki), and Prof Daniel Schnitzlein (Leibniz University Hannover), and Dr Eero Kajantie (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki).


The successful candidate will be prepared to begin as soon as possible after 1st April 2019. All applications must be made online and accompanied by a CV and covering letter.


If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa).


As part of your application, please indicate whether you are applying for the 100% FTE full-time post, a 50% FTE part-time post or wish to be considered for both.


References may be requested prior to shortlisting.


Job Description


The researcher will conduct data analysis and produce publications on combined datasets of studies on the development after preterm birth. The focus will be on factors providing protection and increase resilience for preterm children’s life course outcomes. 


1. To lead the writing of major deliverables for the project and to make a major contribution to the writing of research articles for major journals in the field. 

2. To plan, coordinate, and conduct the harmonization of data from several cohort studies for analysis together with data managers and project partners. 

3. To conduct advanced statistical analysis including individual participant meta-analysis, multiple regressions, fixed effects regression models, structural equation models. 

4. To conduct missing data analysis. 

5. To take on coordination duties between partners with the Work package lead by Dr Lemola. 

6. To play an active role in the research group, organising group meetings and activities. 

7. To work with and instruct postgraduate research assistants. 

8. To participate in European partner meetings and travel to discuss data transfers and analysis with study partners as needed. 

9. To ensure dissemination of results through a wide variety of routes, and to a range of audiences.


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree in Psychology, Statistics, Epidemiology, Mathematics or related fields (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Completed or nearly completed PhD working with empirical data or statistical modelling (e.g. psychology, social sciences, epidemiology or similar) (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Proven knowledge of use of advanced statistical methods and application in quantitative research (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4

Use and familiarity with statistical packages such as STATA, R, SPSS, SAS, MPlus or similar (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Demonstrated ability or potential to publish excellent work on topics relevant to the project (a) (c)


Evidence of quality research output from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 8

Good interpersonal skills (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Proven experience in Higher Education (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 3

A developing track record in producing high quality academic publications (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and policy audiences (a) (c)


Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.



Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.


Closing Date

10 Feb 2019

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