Research Fellow Ref 6889

School/department: School of Psychology  
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to 1FTE
Contract: fixed term until January 2025 
Reference: 6889
Salary:starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 11 November 2021
Closing date:  7 December 2021   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 1 February 2022

Job description

  • We are seeking applications from a highly motivated post-doctoral research scientist to join an exciting 3-year programme of research on a Medical Research Council grant examining both cognitive and physiological processes in generalised anxiety disorder.  
  • The grant is led by Dr Fran Meeten (profile here: and work will take place at the University of Sussex. Post-holders will also liaise with other members of the research team, namely Dr Colette Hirsch (King’s College London) and Dr Cristina Ottaviani (Sapienza, University of Rome).
  • The post-holder will support Dr Meeten in the day-to-day running of the grant. The grant will employ heart rate variability biofeedback techniques and interpretation bias training techniques with participants with high levels of worry (Study 1) and a diagnosis of generalised anxiety disorder (Study 2 & 3).
  • The post provides an exciting opportunity to undertake research that develops our understanding of the role of both physical (heart rate variability) and cognitive (executive functioning and cognitive bias) processes in the maintenance of generalised anxiety disorder. 
  • The post-holder should have a background in psychology and experience of collecting and analysing psychophysiological data is desirable, but not essential and training will be provided. The post-holder will also develop skills in using gold-standard diagnostic and clinical ratings. 
  • The post-holder will be primarily responsible for participant recruitment, data collection and primary analysis. The post-holder will also support all other stages of the research process from the pre-registration of studies and development of research protocols/ethical approvals, through to the preparation of research papers and presentations. 
  • The post would be of interest to someone wishing to conduct research in the field of applied mental health research. The post-holder would need to have excellent communication and organisational skills, be able to work as part of a busy team and be able to keep to project deadlines. 

Please contact Dr Fran Meeten: 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.

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

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 6889 [PDF 174.17KB] 

How to apply

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