Research Assistant

Job Reference : 00755
Closing Date : 26/03/2017
Salary : £29,783 to £31,406 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Department : School of Advanced Study
Division : The Warburg Institute (WI)
Hours Per week : 35 hours per week


The Warburg Institute (Part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London) are now recruiting for a full time, one year Research Assistant for the BIAS Project. The BIAS project, led by Professor Manos Tsakiris, is funded by the NOMIS Foundation and hosted at the Warburg Institute. The post will start on 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter. 

The Role 

The main aim of the Research Assistant post is to assist in the timely development of the research conducted as part of the BIAS Project. You will undertake research including data collection and analysis and lab management and will contribute to the organisation of dissemination activities (e.g. workshop and seminars) and overall assistance to the activities of the BIAS team. 

“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. 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 ideal candidate must have academic qualifications (BSc, MSc in Psychology and/or Cognitive Neuroscience). He/she will have access to a newly-formed psychophysiology laboratory at the Warburg Institute, and will assist mainly with participant recruitment, data collection, data analysis and preparation of scientific publications, presentations and the digital dissemination of the key findings and activities. 

The Warburg Institute 

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. Initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art, its range swiftly expanded. It is dedicated to the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts, of all epochs and across the globe. As its motto - Mnemosyne - and its Library make clear, it was the forerunner of current concerns both with memory and material culture.

Founded by Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century and exiled from Germany in 1933, the Warburg Library was initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art but its range swiftly expanded. It attracted the greatest humanist scholars and philosophers of the time - from Erwin Panofsky and Edgar Wind to Ernst Cassirer and Walter Benjamin - and became one of the leading centres in Germany for the understanding of the interactions between images and society across time and space. It transformed the histories of art, literature, and music, and in emphasizing fields such as astrology and magic anticipated many of the developments in the modern understanding of the history of science.

The post will start on 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter. 

Further Information 

To apply for this role, please click on the below apply button and submit, in one document, your CV and Covering letter where you explain how your research experience to date meets the essential and desirable criteria for this post. The role closes at midnight on Sunday, 26 March 2017. 

Interviews are due to take place on Wednesday, 5 April and Thursday, 6 April 2017 and candidates are recommended to have availability. 

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