Research Fellow, Psychology (PSY042R)

Applications are invited for a full time Research Fellow position at the University of Aberdeen, UK, to work with Professor Patric Bach on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project “Social perception as process of a Bayesian hypothesis testing and revision”

School/Section: Psychology
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £34,304 - £35,326
Ref No: PSY042R
Closing Date: 12-OCT-2021


Job Description

We wish to recruit a skilled and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join a team funded by the Leverhulme Trust (PI Professor Patric Bach). The project investigates the neuro-cognitive basis of how people predict and understand other people’s behaviour, using state-of-the-art fMRI/EEG multivariate methods, computational modelling and experimental psychology methods.

The project will provide an excellent opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary environment (experimental psychology, neuroscience, computational science) and conduct cutting edge neuroimaging (EEG/fMRI) work in a team of expert collaborators (Dr Elsa Fouragnan, Plymouth; Dr Giorgio Ganis, Plymouth, Prof Paul Downing, Bangor).

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing experiments, preparing programmes and experimental materials, recruiting and testing participants. The post holder will analyse fMRI and EEG/ERP data with cutting-edge computational modelling and multivariate techniques. They will prepare manuscripts and communicate the research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience or an affiliated discipline at the time the post starts

The ideal candidate will have experience in neuroimaging studies, including designing and running EEG/ERP and/or fMRI experiments and analysing and managing the resulting data. Excellent numerical proficiency and statistical skills are essential.

The research will use Python, Matlab and/or R. Experience with these programmes is highly desirable. Knowledge in social perception would be desirable, as well as experience in multivariate techniques or computational modelling.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6,  £34,304- £35,326 per annum and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience. 

As this post is externally funded by Leverhulme it will be available for 42 months.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and probation period

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This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

The candidate appointed to this post may be eligible for homeworking on an occasional or regular basis.  For more information please refer to our Homeworking Policy.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 October 2021

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Patric Bach, e-mail:

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Bach.

Please quote reference number PSY042R on all correspondence

The University embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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