Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) (Developmental Psychology), School of Psychology, University of Plymouth (UK)

The School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth (UK) is offering a Teaching and Research Associate post starting on 4th January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, with a fixed term of 6 years. TARA posts such as this are designed for career development, where teaching and research support roles are conducted in parallel with studies towards a PhD in the School of Psychology.

You will join a team of TARAs to provide specialist support for undergraduate teaching, running workshops and surgeries, supporting our experiential learning laboratory, preparing teaching materials, and helping to support research activities across the School of Psychology. You will also have a specialist focus on Developmental Psychology, and providing support for running the School BabyLab (www.psy.plymouth.ac.uk/babylab/).

You will also be required to register for and work towards a PhD in the School of Psychology, with TARAs benefiting from waived study fees. You will carry out your PhD in an area related to Developmental Psychology, making use of the facilities available in the Plymouth Babylab, or through our contacts with local Schools. 

You will have access to an extensive, modern and well-equipped laboratory with facilities supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.  You will also be part of a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students with good interdisciplinary links. Currently the school has around 50 students registered for a PhD, and over 30 students studying for a DClinPsy. For more details of the School’s research activity, please visit: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/school-of-psychology/school-of-psychology-research

Applications are preferred from candidates holding an MSc in psychology research methods or a field related to the psychological aspects of human neuroscience, or equivalent research experience. You are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in psychology or closely related subject. Experience in psychological experiment design and analysis are highly desirable, along with confidence and fluency in statistical data analysis, with preference to those with familiarity with R.

Applications will need to include a research proposal (750 word maximum) and a 1 page CV.  For an informal discussion about potential PhD topics, please contact potential supervisors directly (https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/psychology/phd-studentships).  For further details about the TARA posts, please contact the Head of School, Prof Tim Hollins ( ).

Closing date: 12 Midnight, Friday 22nd October 2020