We are recruiting a Research Assistant to work over the summer on a project entitled “Understanding and intervening in the stigma associated with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The post will run for 12 weeks between June-August and will be paid at the appropriate point on UCD’s rates for hourly paid staff (approx €400 a week). The role would suit a recent or prospective graduate in Psychology. The deadline for applications is 12pm on 1st May.
This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to complete a project entitled “Understanding and intervening in the stigma associated with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The project will (i) explore the social psychological processes involved in the stigma associated with an ASD diagnosis, and (ii) develop and test a theoretically-informed intervention to reduce ASD stigma. The project will specifically investigate the role played by Theory of Mind in mediating stigmatising attitudes to ASD. The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting participants and collecting and analysing data for the project.
This is a full-time, temporary 12-week role that is available in Summer 2018 (June-August, exact start date flexible). The research assistant will be paid according to the appropriate point on UCD’s rates for hourly paid staff.
Principal duties and responsibilities
• Conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.
• Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities (relevant to the role) as required by the Principal Investigator.
• Coordinate participant recruitment and data collection for two survey studies.
• Input data into SPSS.
• Quantitatively analyse data under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
• Contribute to scholarly publications disseminating the project results.
• Carry out administrative work associated with the project.
• Primary degree in Psychology OR currently completing final year of primary degree in Psychology
• An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project
• Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation etc)
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines
• Excellent quantitative skills and proficiency in statistical analysis using SPSS
• Experience independently pursuing research
• Understanding of survey design and analysis
• Experience writing for scholarly publications
• Familiarity with and interest in social psychological concepts including prejudice, stigma and theory of mind
Applicants should email Dr Cliódhna O’Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org) an application package consisting of:
• CV (including degree classification/current GPA)
• Cover letter outlining interest in and suitability for the role.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on 1st May 2018.
Please note that it will not be possible to return application materials or offer individualised feedback on applications.