Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

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The post holder will join a team investigating some of the beneficial cognitive, affective and behavioural effects of appreciating art and aesthetic objects, as part of the interdisciplinary project "Higher Values: Aesthetic Experiences, Transcendence, and Prosociality," funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

The successful post holder will have a strong background in conducting experimental psychology research. Ideally, the person would also be passionate about the empirical study of art, aesthetic experiences, and/or moral psychology.

The successful post holder will become part of an interdisciplinary team, which is composed of psychologists and philosophers: Professor Simone Schnall, who is Director of the project, is an expert in experimental social psychology, and particularly on moral psychology and the cognitive effects of the emotions; and Dr Ryan P. Doran, who is Co-Director of the project, is an expert on philosophical aesthetics and experimental philosophy, and particularly on the relationship between beauty and moral cognition.

Under the guidance of the Director and Co-Director, the successful post holder will work closely with two Postdoctoral Research Associates, so an ability to work collaboratively within a team is essential. The successful post holder will be based in Cambridge.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2025 in the first instance.

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For informal inquiries, please contact Simone Schnall at

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd December 2023 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Week commencing 18th December 2023

Please quote reference PJ39397 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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