Research Assistant – exploring the effect of gestures on enhancing empathic skills, University of Manchester, UK

University of Manchester
Research Assistant
Study in:UK
Deadline: 21 November 2017

Research Assistant – exploring the effect of gestures on enhancing empathic skills

Closing Date : 21/11/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : From December 2017 until 31 July 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
School/Directorate : School of Biological Sciences
Division : Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology
Hours Per week : 9
Salary : £26,495 pro rata, per annum. Due to financial constraints, we are unable to advertise the full range of the scale
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : BM&H-10976

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant (part-time) to join a project exploring the effect of co-speech gestures on enhancing the empathic skills of healthy adults. The post is funded by a British Academy research grant (Ref: SG1700088) awarded to Dr Paraskevi Argyriou, and will be held at the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, UK. Dr Argyriou’s recent studies have looked at the beneficial effect that co-speech gestures have on cognition (e.g., language production and comprehension). This project will extend this work in social cognition (e.g., empathy).

You will carry out a range of duties, including recruiting participants for studies, running experimental tasks, entering data, and assisting with data analysis. You should have an excellent academic record, be very reliable and well organised, and be able to collect high quality data. You must also have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, as well as experience of using Word, Excel, SPSS and experimental research tools (e.g., E-Prime, PsychoPy). Previous experience of running research studies on gestures and/or social cognition is highly desirable.

The expected start date for this position is 01/12/2017 and is tenable for 8 months on a part-time basis (0.26FTE).

Interviews are scheduled to be held the week commencing: 27 November 2017

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Paraskevi Argyiou


Tel: 0161 275 2566

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

Date of external posting: 7 November 2017

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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