Research Assistant in Primate Behaviour
City Site

Job reference: 009737

Location: City Site

Closing date: 01/12/2021

Salary : Grade E (£22,847 - £24,871 p.a.)

Employment type: Fixed-term contract

Team: Psychology

School / Directorate : School of Social Sciences

Additional information: this is a full-time (37 hours per week), fixed-term position for 12 months. 

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.

We are seeking applications for a Research Assistant to assist with data collection on ERC Consolidator Project FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’. 

The role will include a 6-month fieldwork season with free-ranging primates (Rhesus macaques, Macaca mulatta) as well as video coding using facial movement coding system MaqFACS. You will assist with observational and non-invasive experimental data collection focussed on quantifying communication, facial expression and social behaviour. Training in data collection methods and data management will be provided. Travel and accommodation costs during the fieldwork season will be covered. 

FACEDIFF is a five-year project examining individual differences in facial expressivity and how this is related to social network size and social interaction in humans and macaques. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team operating over multiple sites. You will be supervised by Professor Bridget Waller and work closely with other members of the team, including Postdoctoral Research Fellows, PhD students and field assistants. 

An undergraduate degree in biology, psychology, anthropology or similar is required. Candidates with experience in animal behaviour research, fieldwork, and quantitative observational methods will be preferred. Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Strong communication and inter-personal skills are essential. Successful candidates should be able to live and work abroad within a small group. 

Interview Date: w/c 6th December

Anticipated start date: January 2022

Please contact Professor Bridget Waller via email for informal discussions in advance of applying.

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.

Successful applicants will usually be appointed to the base of the advertised salary grade, except in justifiable circumstances.


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