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Research Fellow in Psychology

School of Psychology

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 28 November 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 07 January 2020
Interview Date:  Wednesday 22 January 2020
Reference:  094419

The Project and the Role

You will work on a project exploring the development of spatial and mathematical thinking in individuals with Down Syndrome. The project aims to establish the cognitive profiles and developmental trajectories of spatial thinking in Down Syndrome for the first time. We will also investigate spatial-mathematical associations in this population (Study 1). This project will also optimise on the current digital revolution to investigate the prevalence of technology-use and gaming in the Down Syndrome community (Study 2). To this end, we will identify opportunities and limitations for designing technology-based training for individuals with Down Syndrome.

You will be part of a strong team of experts in spatial cognition, mathematical cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders. You will be involved in each stage of both studies. This will include the preparation (and design) of tasks and questionnaires, participant recruitment and data collection. You will be responsible for data coding and analyses of the data. You will also make a substantial contribution to report writing, presentations, publications (at least one first author paper is envisaged) and dissemination to non-academic audiences.

You will have a PhD or equivalent qualification in Psychology or a related subject (or will be close to finishing your PhD), have experience in conducting cognitive behavioural studies and standard data coding, have experience of statistical analysis using statistical packages such as R or SPSS, and have experience writing for publication.

This is a fixed-term project looking to start March 2020 and end February 2021.

The University of Surrey

The post-holder will be based in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey. 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. We arean ambitious, research-led organization, committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society. The University of Surrey is amongst the highest achieving universities in the United Kingdom. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School has a strong track record of innovation in Psychology, from the discovery of the McGurk effect, to changing educational approaches to national identity, and the ongoing development of mobile neuro-assessment. The School currently houses 500+ UG students, 100+ Masters and 150+ taught Doctorate and PhD students and more than 70 staff.

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Our benefits package also includes an exclusive discounted membership to the Surrey Sports Park and an on-site Nursery.

You are welcome to contact Dr. Katie Gilligan ( or Prof. Emily Farran ( if you would like further information or to discuss the post.



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