Research Assistant in Psychology

University of Sussex School of Psychology

Research Assistant 

School/department: Psychology
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Part time hours considered.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months
Reference: 10411
Salary: Starting at £31,411 to £35,333 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 11 January 2023
Closing date: 13 February 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: Week Commencing 20 February 2023
Expected start date: 01 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter


Job description

A research assistant is needed to provide support for a portfolio of contracted research in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. We have a number of current research projects in the School, including examining the role of schools and peer relationships in mental health of children and young people, audience experiences of safety and atmosphere at music events, and testing links between empathy and reading. The work will involve supporting these and other research projects through assistance with ethical clearance, data management, liaising between co-investigators and partners, data sharing and compliance with open science practices (e.g., uploading data and pre-prints to open science platforms), transcription management, data cleaning, analysis, manuscript preparation, organizing and attending team meetings, managing research communications, and helping with impact activities.

The postholder will be line managed by Professor John Drury, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology. They will work closely with a number of different principal investigators in the School, depending on which projects are live.

The University of Sussex is a leading teaching and research institution and is ranked within the top 200 in the world. The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the most academically diverse and influential centres for the study of psychology in the UK with considerable strengths in both research and teaching. We have a longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and we are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award (2020) for our work promoting gender equality. Psychology at Sussex was ranked 18th out of nearly 100 institutions in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework and receives excellent student ratings for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We offer a very highly regarded undergraduate degree course and a suite of PGT courses, and we have a substantial group of doctoral students, supported in part by ESRC, BBSRC, and Leverhulme Trust funded doctoral training programmes.

Please contact Prof John Drury, email: j.drury@sussex.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex is committed to equality of opportunity.

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 job description and person specification Ref 10411 [PDF 197.80KB]

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

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 This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact HRCompliance@sussex.ac.uk so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information.

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


How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to psychologyrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

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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