Job offer in london Research Assistant at Birkbeck, University of London

Purpose and Main Duties

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position at Birkbeck for a project on ‘Bayesian Argumentation via Delphi’ (BARD). The project is part of the CREATE (Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation) program funded by the US government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

The project is led by Monash, Australia, and includes researchers at UCL, Birkbeck College, and Strathclyde University. The CREATE program is funded in three phases for a total duration of 4.5 years. The goals of the program are to develop and empirically test new structured analytic techniques that can be used by groups to improve the quality of reasoning and argument evaluation.

The Research Assistant at Birkbeck will be supervised by Professor Ulrike Hahn. The postholder will work alongside a post-doc and a PhD student and will work closely with researchers at UCL (supervised by Professor David Lagnado).

The successful candidate will join the Reasoning and Argumentation Lab ( and be part of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should demonstrate interest in at least some of these areas: conducting psychological experiments, group behaviour and/or decision making, Behavioural decision making, Judgmental forecasting, behavioural economics/behavioural finance, subjective probability, judgment and decision making, causal modelling and reasoning processes, argumentation. Applicants should also have experience in designing and running experiments.

To be considered for the post, applicants will be educated to Bachelor or Masters level in Psychology or Behavioural Economics or closely related areas.

Experience with statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata or Minitab, and/or Microsoft Office (particularly, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and/or computer programing or webpage design, and/or software for running experiments (e.g. MyPsychLab or z-tree) is desirable, as is interest in modelling.

Further Information

Salary: Grade 6 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £32,042 rising to £36,548 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed-term to 31 August 2018. The salary quoted above is on the College’s London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of of 6 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

For further information on this opportunity contact Professor Ulrike Hahn (

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.


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