Research Assistant Ref 9166

School/department: Psychology
Hours: full time hours up to 36.5 hours per week.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need, but note that in-person testing during normal business hours will be required).
Contract: fixed term until 30 September 2024
Reference: 9166
Salary: starting at £31,411 to £35,333 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 02 August 2022.
Closing date: 24 August 2022 Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date: 1 October 2022

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to conduct research on individual differences in how we understand and remember events. You will coordinate and carry out data collection for a large-scale functional MRI study undertaken by the Episodic Memory Group at the University of Sussex (, together with collaborators at the University of Cambridge and Boston College. The research is part of the €2M “EVENTS” project lead by Prof Chris Bird and funded by the European Research Council.

You will join a group of researchers investigating the brain processes that underpin episodic memory. You will be expected to be well-organised, highly motivated and have excellent communication skills. Your role will involve recruiting and testing a large cohort of participants, scoring and analysing the data, and presenting the results at national and international conferences.

At least a 2:1 degree in Psychology or cognitive neuroscience is essential, or a degree in another relevant discipline with experience of working in experimental psychology research.

Please contact Prof Chris Bird, email: 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.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 9166) (PDF 173KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship. 

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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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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