Research Assistant Ref 20424

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months.
Reference: 20424
Salary: starting at £32,411 to £36,333 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 17 April 2023
Closing date: 12 May 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: From 01 October 2023

Job description

We are seeking applications from a highly motivated research assistant to join an exciting one year research project using electroencephalography (EEG) to examine the extent to which our brains process the external environment changes when we are ‘lost in thought’.

The project is funded by a BIAL Foundation grant awarded to Dr Sophie Forster. The post-holder will join the Sussex Attention Lab, which uses cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience techniques to study attention, with a particular focus on involuntary attentional phenomena common to daily life (e.g. distraction from our own irrelevant thoughts).

The project will take place at the University of Sussex, using the on campus EEG facilities within the School of Psychology. The post-holder will join the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary Sussex Neuroscience research community, which includes over 50 research groups, forming one of the highest densities of Neuroscience faculty in any UK University.

The post-holder will support Dr Forster in the day-to-day running of the project, including participant recruitment, data collection and management, and analysis.

The post is likely to be of most interest to applicants with research interests in the related fields of attention, mind wandering and perception (particularly vision). The post-holder should have experience in the acquisition and analysis of experimental data in neuroscience or psychology. Experience of EEG data acquisition is essential.

Please contact Dr Sophie Forster ( 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.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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