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Research Assistant

Vacancy number
Academic staff, Non-academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
3 August 2021
Closing date
17 August 2021 Vacancy closed

The section Cognitive Psychology of the institute Psychology of the Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a

Research Assistant

Key responsibilities
The Research Assistant (RA) will work in the project “Visual signs as cognitive tools: Phylogeny and ontogeny”. This project studies the evolution of human symbolic cogniton, implementing an interdisciplinary approach informed by cognitive archaeology, comparative, and developmental psychology. The successful candidate will help set up and carry out studies in comparative psychology related to the perception and production of marks by great apes and humans, and will be involved in the presentation and publication of the results. The RA will be hosted by the Comparative Psychology and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CoPAN), led by Dr Mariska Kret, and will be supervised Dr Larissa Mendoza Straffon (PI). For more information about the project please go to the website.

Selection criteria
The successful candidate will have an academic background in (biological/ cognitive) archaeology, biology, or psychology. Applicants should have a demonstrable interest in the evolution of human cognition, an interdisciplinary disposition, and affinity working with great apes. Prior research experience is preferred. Highly desirable are technical skills, knowledge of multilevel statistics and related software (e.g. SPSS, R, Stata). English is a must, knowledge of Dutch and German is a plus.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. 

Diversity and inclusion are cherished as core values at Leiden University. At the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences too we strive to create a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment, in which everyone – no matter who they are or what they do – can feel at home and develop their talents.

Terms and conditions
We offer a
 1 year fixed term position from 1 September 2021 until 31 August 2022, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 2,656.- to  3,548.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 8, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme.
 Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. 


Enquiries can be made to Larissa Mendoza Straffon, email l.mendoza.straffon@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than August 17th, 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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