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Research Assistant

 

Research Assistant - 10 hours per week

This post is available in the Research Department of Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences, UCL in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences


Job summary

Part-time casual worker, approximately 10 hours per week over a 12-week period

 

Job Description

Grade: UCL Grade 6 for a fixed total of £2000.
Title: Research Assistant

The post holder will assist with a project on the role of mental imagery in the learning of skills in different disciplines. The post holder will help UCL academic staff from the Eastman Dental Institute, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience with the initial stages of a research project that ultimately hopes to introduce mental imagery in teaching to enhance student learning. The main duties are to perform an extensive literature search in different disciplines to characterise the existing literature in the area and produce a written report on the findings. The report has to be submitted by the end of April 2013. The post holder is also expected to investigate possible sources of funding that the academic team can target to apply for further funding.

Work Relationships

The post holder will collaborate with a multidisciplineary team of researchers using UCL central facilities. The successful applicant will be able to work independently and as part of the research team. His or her line manager will be Dr Leun Otten from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. The location of the work (from home or at UCL) will be negotiated with the successful applicant. The successful applicant is expected to meet with the team on a regular basis.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform a literature search in different disciplines (notably psychology, dentistry, ophthalmology, and engineering) to identify published work on the role of mental imagery in skill learning.
  • Summarise existing papers in oral and written form.
  • Assess and summarise the current state of knowledge in the area.
  • Investigate via web searches and other means possible sources of funding for future work in the area.
  • Meet with the research team on a regular basis to convey preliminary findings.
  • Ensure that all records, correspondence, and files are accurate and stored securely.
  • Produce a final written report by the end of April 2013.
  • Carry out any other duties that are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, the title of the post and its grading as requested by the line manager.
  • The post holder is expected to undertake all work in line with UCL policies, procedures and regulations, including awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations, Equal Opportunities, and Race Equality policies.
  • The post holder is expected to attend staff meetings and training as required.
 

Applications

   

Applications are invited for the post of research assistant to help with a project that aims to enhance skill learning in a number of disciplines via mental imagery. The project involves a collaboration between the Eastman Dental Institute, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. The post holder is expected to perform an extensive literature review to characterise the existing literature in the area and identify possible sources of funding for further research. The literature review would inform the creation of resources for UCL academic staff so that they could introduce elements of mental imagery into their teaching to enhance student learning. The post holder is expected to produce a written report on the basis of their findings and meet with the research team on a regular basis. The position is available immediately and the report should be submitted by the end of April 2013.

The position is suitable for a Master’s or PhD student with a background in psychology and keen interest in the topic under investigation. The successful applicant will have excellent oral and written communication skills, be proficient in literature searching and review, and be able to integrate information from different disciplines. You should be able to work independently in a multidisciplinary team.

Interested individuals should apply by emailing their CV including the names of two referees and a covering letter to Ms Kathryn Knapp (k.knapp@ucl.ac.uk).

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within UCL at this level.

You can download a detailed job description here.

 

Queries about the post

If you have queries about the vacancy please contact Dr Leun Otten (l.otten@ucl.ac.uk) in the first instance.

The closing date for applications is 14 January 2013