University of Oxford
Department of Experimental Psychology and
Faculty of Philosophy
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Altruism
Grade 7: £29,541 - £36,298 p.a.
Vacancy ref: 108062
Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow position in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Altruism project, based at both the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (‘OCN’) in central Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu, Director of OCN and the Oxford Uehiro Centre which hosts OCN (for more information please see: http://www.neuroethics.ox.ac.uk/ andhttp://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/). The Oxford Uehiro Centre is part of the Faculty of Philosophy.
The post is fixed-term for one year from the date of appointment (with the possibility to extend for a further year).
The Fellow will mainly investigate psychological factors that cause and constrain human altruistic behaviour and provide research assistance to Professor Savulescu and other members of the project team. She/he will design and conduct behavioural experiments in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team. The Fellow may also be involved in aspects of data collection and analysis for projects using neuroscience methods (e.g., pharmacology, fMRI).
The successful applicant will have a postgraduate qualification at PhD (or equivalent) level in a behavioural science discipline (e.g., psychology, cognitive/behavioural neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioural economics). A PhD (or equivalent) in philosophy is also acceptable, if sufficient experience with empirical research can be demonstrated. Excellent experimental research and statistical skills are essential, as is an outstanding research record appropriate to the applicant’s current stage of career.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, and must be submitted no later than12.00 midday on 10th June 2013. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.
To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please see the links below:www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=108062
Further Particulars, including instructions on how to apply also available here (Word doc)
• PhD (or equivalent) in a behavioural science discipline (e.g., psychology, cognitive/behavioural neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioural economics) is essential. A PhD (or equivalent) in philosophy is also acceptable, if sufficient experience with empirical research can be demonstrated.
• Excellent experimental research skills, with a demonstrated ability to independently design, conduct and analyse behavioural experiments.
• Experience with programming behavioural tasks for data collection (e.g., in Matlab, E-prime, Presentation, z-Tree, or equivalent). Exceptional candidates without direct programming experience, but with a demonstrated aptitude and willingness to learn, may also be considered.
• Excellent statistical skills, and familiarity with relevant research software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R, Matlab)
• An outstanding research record appropriate to the present stage of the applicant’s career, with evidence of potential for producing independent distinguished research.
• The ability to produce papers for publication (in English) without the supervision of others.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• A strong publication record in behavioural research
• Familiarity with the literature in moral psychology and related work in ethics, philosophy, behavioural economics, and neuroscience
• Prior interdisciplinary work encompassing two or more of the following disciplines: psychology, behavioural economics, neuroscience, philosophy
• Experience with supervision of research assistants and students.
• Experience with computational modelling of cognition or behaviour
• Information technology skills, including database management and website development.
• Experience with writing or contributing to successful grant applications.
• Interest and experience in public engagement and policy input.
• Proven ability to work in a collaborative research team.