Research Assistant on Social Neuroscience & Visual Culture
London (Warburg Institute)

Job reference: 01124

Location: London (Warburg Institute)

Closing date: 16/07/2018

Salary: Starting from £30,512

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: The Warburg Institute (WI)

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

The Warburg Institute (Part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London) is now recruiting for one full time fixed term Research Assistant for 12 months. The role will be in association with the project "Body & Image in Arts & Sciences" (BIAS, see ), led by Professor Manos Tsakiris.  

The Role

The Research Assistant will be associated with the project “Body & Image in Arts & Sciences” (BIAS) led by Professor Manos Tsakiris, and funded by the NOMIS Foundation. The project is based at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study at the University of London. The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture, renowned for its cross-disciplinary approach and global reach.

“Body & Image in Arts & Sciences Project” (BIAS)

The BIAS project aims at addressing timely research questions at the intersection of sciences and humanities with a particular focus on the biological mechanisms and cultural factors that shape our relations to other people in a culture powered by images.  In particular, our current projects focus on how we bodily and cognitively respond to photojournalistic images of human suffering, the dehumanization of social groups in the media, and bodily responses to works of art. The research aims will be addressed by a range of research activities, including experimental work, seminars, workshops, conferences, and, involving a network of international research partners in humanities, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

The post-holder must have a BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience, Media and Communications Studies or related discipline (with a minimum 2:1 classification or equivalent for overseas qualifications). MSc or MA qualifications (of equivalent overseas qualifications) are desirable. The post-holder must also have some prior research experience in a psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience lab, and must be capable of successful participant recruitment, data collection, data analysis and preparation of relevant materials for scientific manuscripts. The post-holder’s main duties and responsibilities will be to (i) assist the BIAS team in the timely development and implementation of different experiments, (ii) contribute to the organization of dissemination activities and (iii) provide overall support to the team’s activities.

The salary will be in the range of £30,512 - £32,163.

The post-holder must also be prepared to acquire, with the guidance of the investigator, knowledge of theoretical issues in humanities, including history of culture and philosophy of mind/ perception. He/she will have access to a newly-formed psychophysiology laboratory at the Warburg Institute, as well as access to functional neuroimaging facilities at Royal Holloway, University of London and/or School of Advanced Study.

The post will start on September 2018 or soon thereafter.

Further Information 

To apply for this role, please click on the below apply button and submit the following:

  • Covering letter highlighting how you meet the person specification 
  • Up to date CV, and statement describing research interests and relevant research experience (limited to one page) in one document. 

As above, please upload your CV, and  a statement on your research interests and relevant research experience in one document. You will be unable to upload these individually. 

The role closes at midnight on 16 July 2018. Interviews are due to take place on Monday 23rd July 2018 at the Warburg Institute and candidates are recommended to have availability. 

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