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Research Associate in Infancy Research

Salary:   £28,756 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Thursday 09 December 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3605

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University has a Research Associate vacancy in the area of Developmental Psychology with a focus on social and perceptual aspects of peripheral vision processing during infancy.   

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of over 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. This position is funded by the MOTION Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ( The successful applicant will conduct research activities in order to enable the Lancaster University based objectives of the network (

The Department has a strong tradition of collaborative research across traditional boundaries within Psychology and beyond. Our developmental researchers are currently involved in two ESRC Research Centres (Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences - CASS; International Centre for Language and Communicative Development - LuCiD). We have a research building dedicated to behavioural testing across the lifespan, with one floor dedicated to infant and childhood studies. This houses specialised laboratories devoted to a range of neuroscience methodologies, including eye tracking, EEG, NIRs, and also psychometric assessment, interviewing and observation. We also have excellent relations with nurseries, primary, and secondary schools in the local region.

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30 June 2022

Further information about the Department is available at: 

You should have a strong predoctoral track record of research with infancy populations. Experience of behavioural and eye tracking studies with infants involving peripheral vision would be an advantage. 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Dr. Michelle To (email: or Prof. Vincent Reid (email: 

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than one side of A4) of the research you have undertaken with an explanation of how your skills and expertise fit with this area of research.  

The Department of Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is committed to Lancaster University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and Widening Participation. We seek to provide a work environment that strongly supports women in academia and the individual needs of each employee, that promotes a healthy work-life balance, and we welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. 

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