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The Psychology Department in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant on an 18-month fixed term, part time (0.8FTE/28 hours) basis.

The opportunity

The post holder will assist Principal Investigator Dr Thomas Bak on the project ‘Multilingualism and religious experience’, which seeks to explore how religious experience, its communication and moral judgements can be influenced by different languages.

The post holder will assist with screening the literature, research design and implementation (including identifying, recruiting and maintaining contact with participants), data collection and analysis (through focus groups and individual testing), and writing up project results and their presentation at meetings and conferences.

The post holder will have a fluent command of the Polish language and demonstrable knowledge of Polish culture and customs, in particular those related to religious practices.

The role shall be based within Psychology Building (Central Campus). Opportunities for discussion on informal hybrid workplace arrangements can be discussed at the time of offer, however please note that some on campus working is required.

Your skills and attributes for success

  • Undergraduate or MSc degree in psychology or another discipline relevant for the project.
  • Experience of developing research design, conducting data collection and analysis in previous projects.
  • Fluent command of Polish language, demonstrable knowledge of Polish culture and customs, in particular those related to religious practices.
  • Excellent social and communication skills, ability to approach new people, work with them and maintain contact with them.
  • Respect for different views and different religious creeds, attitudes and practices.

As a valued member of our team you can expect

  • A competitive salary of approximately £32,982 to £38,205 pro rata. Please note that due to external funding constraints salary offers shall be around initial spinal points of the noted University scale only. Annual increments through the scale will occur with each years continuous service.
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and family-friendly initiatives. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

We particularly welcome applications from eligible candidates from under-represented groups, including racially minoritised individuals and all gender identities.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University, you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. 

The University is unable to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. International applicants will therefore be unable to apply for and secure a Skilled Worker visa. They will only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 27 th May 2024.

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Interviews are expected to be held in week commencing 17 th of June 2024.

Application information

We ask you to include a current CV and cover letter with names of three referees who may be contacted at a later date (please note if you do not wish for anyone to be contacted until after an offer has been made).

We invite candidates to use their cover letter to highlight professional and personal experiences that may be relevant to role. PPLS interview panels will take submitted documents into account when assessing applications in line with listed criteria, including acknowledging areas of potential impact such as caring responsibilities, family leave and health related matters.