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Friday, April 22, 2011

How to analyse job adverts

The vacancy below is one for which a PhD degree holder might apply.

Lecturer/Post Doctoral Research Associate - University Research Dept of Psychology
Applications are invited for the post of Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Research Department of Psychology. The position is full-time for 3 years, working on a Research Grant: 'Affective Processing in Childhood’ held by Dr David Leaman.

The post holder will be responsible for conducting research in the cognitive neuroscience of affective processing in children. This role will entail development of experimental paradigms, subject recruitment, testing child participants and data analysis. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Psychology, including excellent experimental and data analysis skills. The role will also include preparing and delivering lectures and hosting open days, so proven teaching experience is required. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three academic referees to the department before the end of the month. We anticipate many responses and intend only to contact applicants we wish to call for interview. If you do not hear from us, please assume that your application has not been successful in this instance.

Analysing the advertisement
  1. The skill set required is academic and specific. It is not a role open to postgraduates in general.
  2. Transferable and soft skills will be helpful but not as important as specific qualifications.
  3. The department expects applicants to be familiar with the research and the grant holder, so if you are not, you would need to do some research yourself.
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