Research Fellow in Psychology
University of Sussex School of Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Fellow 

School/department: School of Psychology

Hours: Full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE

Contract: Fixed term for 24 months  

Reference: 4670

Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time

Placed on: 05 October 2020

Closing date: 04 November 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected interview date: TBC

Expected start date:  January-March 2021

Job description 

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow on a project entitled: "Profiling Misophonia - From Heightened Sensory Sensitivity to Intolerance of Sounds "

This exciting postdoctoral opportunity would be ideally suited for a candidate with a PhD related to perception and attention and experience in the methods of cognitive psychology/neuroscience. You would be able to contribute new knowledge to an important, but underexplored, area and be part of a world-leading team studying anomalous perceptual experiences.

Misophonia is a strong aversive reaction to particular sounds (e.g. chewing, tapping) that can often impact negatively on quality of life. The overall aim of this research is to transform our understanding of misophonia by revealing the cognitive, perceptual, and neural pre-requisites that might allow misophonia to develop. Our secondary aims are to determine the relationship, in adults, between misophonia and other forms of atypical sensory sensitivity that extend across multiple senses and to translate any cognitive and perceptual differences into diagnostic markers of misophonia.

The research is divided into three phases. The first phase will use a mixture of survey and online cognitive assessments to develop a profile of misophonia from three groups: self-referred misophonics, a clinically-referred sample, and via screening the general population. Advanced statistical techniques (clustering, network analyses) will explore potential subtypes and symptom relationships. The second phase will include more in-depth experimental approaches including neuroimaging (fMRI / magnetic resonance spectroscopy). The final phase will consolidate this knowledge in terms of creating online diagnostic measures and an information resource for a variety of end users. The postholder will be expected to make an independent contribution to all stages of the research process.

This research is funded by the Ream Foundation (https://misophoniaresearchfund.org/)

Please contact Prof. Jamie Ward (jamiew@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to psychologyrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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