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Research Assistant - Psychology

School of Psychology

Location:  Other
Salary:  £29,515 to £31,302 per annum pro rata (0.8 FTE)
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Part Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 14 August 2019
Closing Date:  Thursday 29 August 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 09 September 2019
Reference:  062819


Start date: 1st October 2019 
Duration: 16 months

FTE:80% (4 days per week)
Work place: The job will be split across two sites. The first being the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH. The second being Whiteley Village, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 4EH.
Supervisory team: Dr Kimberley Smith, Professor Andy King and Dr Alison Armstrong

We are excited to advertise a position for a graduate research assistant who will be responsible for carrying out a mixed-methods project that will allow us to develop an in-depth appreciation of the psychosocial impact of transitions to, and within, retirement communities.

Funded by the Pargiter Trust, this project will investigate how moving to a retirement village impacts on individuals’ sense of belonging, their social connections and psychological wellbeing. We will also examine how different events that happen to people within a retirement community impact on their wellbeing. We will investigate whether there are particular psychological and social traits that help people to cope with these events. The overarching goal from this project is to create an explanatory framework that could help us better understand this migrations to, and life events within a retirement community.

We are looking for an individual with a real passion for conducting research with older adults and previous experience working with this population. You will need to have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. You should be able to work independently across two sites in Surrey (University of Surrey and Whiteley Village).

You should have a primary degree (MSc preferable, but will consider exceptional candidates with a BSc) which could be in Anthropology, Behavioural Sciences, Psychology, or Sociology. Knowledge about qualitative research methods and experience with systematic reviews would be an advantage. Applications from qualified residents of any country would be considered on their merits and according to current legislation.

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the University’s Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefitting from excellent rail and road connections.

If you have any questions about the role you can contact the principal investigator Dr Kimberley Smith: Interviews will take place on the 9th September 2019. Candidates will be invited to visit Whiteley village on the morning of the interview, with the interviews taking place at the University of Surrey in the afternoon.

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