Research Fellow – University of Birmingham, UK

February 22, 2024

University of Birmingham – College of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Psychology

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade 7

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to December 2024

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham invites applicants for a position as a post-doctoral researcher. The successful candidate will work together with Professor Jennifer Cook on a European Research Council (ERC)-funded project on the relationship between social cognition, motor control and dopamine system function (ERC-StG-Brain2Bee).

The starting date for the position is March 2024 (with some flexibility), the end date is 31st December 2024. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary. Funding for project-relevant conferences is also available.

This research position is part of the ERC-funded Brain2Bee project. As part of this project, which has been running for five years, we have been exploring the genetics of social behaviour in honey bees. The postholder’s primary task would be to work on analogous studies of social behaviour in human participants with a particular focus on social cognition, genetics and neuroimaging. Candidates should have an interest in genetics, neuroimaging (particularly MEG) and social behaviour.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

Analyse and interpret data
Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
Undertake management/administration arising from research

Person Specification

This post will require analysing data associated with this project, preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting results at national and international conferences and the possible supervision of research assistants and students.

First degree in area of specialism (e.g., genetics, psychology, neuroscience) and a PhD (or one near to completion) relevant to research area
High level analytical capability
Ability to communicate complex information clearly
Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
Informal enquiries to Jennifer Cook email:

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit:

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