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Research Fellow

Centre for Vision and Cognition

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £31,866 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/08/2024
Closing Date:  Tuesday 06 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1289420JW

Applications are invited for a fixed-term (until 31/08/2024), full-time Research Fellow post to work on an ESRC-funded project on successive relearning (spaced retrieval practice). The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in experimental psychology.

The post has multiple strands: (1) two large-scale online studies taking place over several months (2) a classroom intervention testing the efficacy of successive relearning in an applied context (3) development of a website that implements successive relearning that will be useable by other educators. There are five objectives to the research:

  • Objective 1. Identify successive relearning schedules that optimise student learning in an efficient manner across a variety of teaching and learning contexts.

  • Objective 2. Identify the underlying learning mechanisms of successive relearning that make it effective for memory retention.

  • Objective 3. Explore positive effects of successive relearning on other aspects of the student experience such as the (a) promotion of new learning, (b) enhancement of metacognitive monitoring, academic self-efficacy, and attentional control, and (c) reduction in students' worry and anxiety.

  • Objective 4. Test the robustness of SR by implementing it locally, within a large undergraduate psychology module and with a specific focus on transfer of learning to new material.

  • Objective 5. Use the research described above to develop a Learning Practice (LEAP) website that can be widely used as a learning tool by educators and students.

    An overview of the programme of research can be found in the attached "Summary of Research" document.

    Duties include (but are not limited to):

Online Experiment Preparation. Development of experimental materials, submissions to the ethics committee, and programming of the online studies on Prolific for online data collection.

Overseeing Online Data Collection and Data Analyses. Monitoring data collection, arranging participant payment, responding to participant queries, downloading data, analysing data.

Managing and Implementing a Classroom Intervention. Programming the online intervention, monitoring intervention progress and problem-solving, responding to student queries, analysing data upon completion.

Dissemination. Preparing articles for publication in refereed journals, presenting results at conferences, or exhibiting work at other appropriate events.

Website Development.  Working alongside the technical team to provide assistance in setting up a website that will implement a learning practice schedule and collect questionnaire measures, and to prepare a final version of the website for widespread use upon project completion.

Managing Collaboration with External Partner. Support the development and testing of the website with our external partner, Wyvern College.

Any other duties as allocated by the line manager following consultation with the post holder.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.   The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal inquiries are welcome and can be sent to Dr Phil Higham (

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please contact Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on Please quote reference 1289420JW on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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