Research Fellow in Psychology
City Site

Job reference: 008299

Location: City Site

Closing date: 31/01/2021

Salary : Grade H (£33,797 - £38,017 p.a.)

Employment type: Fixed-term contract

Department: Academic Schools

School/Section : School of Social Sciences

Additional information: this role is full-time, fixed term until  31.03.2025.

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

Role details

We are seeking applications for a fixed-term Research Fellow to work on human and/or non-human primate communication and facial expression.

The Research Fellow will be closely linked to ERC Consolidator Project FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ and will work under the supervision of lead investigator Professor Bridget Waller. FACEDIFF is a five-year project examining individual differences in facial expressivity in relation to social networks and personality in humans and macaques. FACEDIFF will combine psychological, anatomical and cross-species methods as an interdisciplinary investigation of individual differences in facial expression. First, individual variation in production and perception of facial expressions will be measured via laboratory experiments and in relation to social network size and quality. Second, variation in human facial musculature will be documented through cadaveric dissection and existing MRI databases. Third, facial expressivity will be examined in a primate model to determine whether patterns are unique to humans.

The successful applicant will contribute to the main aims of the project but also add a complimentary strand of research. He/she/they will be encouraged to develop their own lines of enquiry, and preference may be given to the following topics: development of facial expressivity, or application of the project hypotheses to different species (wild and/or captive). Candidates with expertise in social network analysis, FACS (Facial Action Coding System) and evolutionary approaches to communication will be preferred. The Research Fellow will work within a large inter-disciplinary team. The role will also include some teaching duties.

Interview Date: w/c 1st March 2020 (start date negotiable)

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Bridget Waller, Professor of Evolution and Social Behaviour,

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’.

Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. 

Please note that the University will be closed during the period 19 December 2020 until 04 January 2021 and we will be unable to respond to queries or candidates experiencing technical issues during this time.