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About the role

In this role you will conduct research aimed at understanding human learning, using predictive, action-outcome and spatial learning tasks as part of a ESRC-funded project titled “Competition and facilitation during learning: Searching for domain general principles”.

You will take a leading role in developing research and experimental design involving human participants to understand the circumstances that lead to competition or facilitation between different events involved in the learning experience. You will program the experiments, collect, analyse and interpret data. You will also present the results at meetings and write them up for publication.

You will also participate in outreach activities, implementing pathways to impact and disseminating the work to practitioners in other disciplines such as education, and the general public.

About you
With a PhD (or close to completion) in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related subject you will have a good background in data analysis and statistics along with experience in programming and running experiments with human participants. 

Experience in mathematical/computational modelling would be beneficial, as would experience in predictive learning, action-outcome and spatial learning tasks. 

Additional information

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Gonzalo Urcelay on gpu1@leicester.ac.uk or 0116 229 7173.