Post-doc Position at University of Fribourg


The purpose of the position is to assist with research associated with a project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council on working memory that involves a collaboration between teams in Switzerland, in Edinburgh and in the USA (Missouri). The post-doc collaborator will be under the supervision of Prof Valérie Camos (University of Fribourg) and Pierre Barrouillet (University of Geneva), and based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The post is fixed-term for a maximum of 30 months.

Main Responsibilities

The post-doc collaborator will be responsible for the day to day running of planned experimental work for the project. There will be regular liaison with the partner laboratory in Edinburgh throughout the period of the appointment, ensuring that the research runs according to a planned timetable through daily email communication and regular face to face (Skype) conversations as needed. The post-doc collaborator will contribute to decisions regarding the details of the experiments for which they are responsible and will implement those procedures in computer programmes. The post-doc collaborator will recruit young adult participants in the Fribourg and Geneva area, and run the experiments. The post-doc collaborator will collate and analyse data collected and will visit Edinburgh lab to set up experiments and to gain experience of working in another laboratory in another country. The post-doc collaborator is required to search for, collate, and summarise research literature relevant to the project, keep up to date with other ongoing research associated with the current project, develop, accumulate and maintain knowledge of the scientific literature relevant to the field, contribute to, and take the lead on writing manuscripts for publication, and to present results at local and international project meetings, and at national and international scientific meetings. The post-doc collaborator maintains accurate records of research and administrative paperwork.

The post-doc collaborator is expected to work on their own initiative within guidelines set up by the grant holder. The post-doc collaborator will be expected to report any major issues to the research supervisors and be able to present solutions. The post-doc collaborator will be responsible for making day-to-day decisions related to fine-tuning of the research literature review, research, interview and survey design, participant recruitment and data analysis strategy.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

- PhD in a relevant subject area, or equivalent professional qualification with relevant research experience in experimental cognitive psychology.

- Fluent in French, and good communication skills in English

- Experience with design and implementation of quantitative data collection and data analysis, and writing for academic publication.

- Ability to establish a good rapport with experimental participants for recruitment and cognitive testing.

-  Experience of presenting research at scientific conferences.

- Ability to prepare draft manuscripts for peer review publication, including creation of figures for data presentation.

-  Computer skills related to research design, implementation, data scoring and analysis.

- Excellent management and organisational skills with the ability to communicate and interact effectively with other investigators, and to coordinate multiple tasks.

- Ability to prioritise and to work both independently and within a team with minimum supervision and to solve problems as they arise.

Candidates are asked to submit a current CV, copies of diploma, as well as a short cover letter that describes their research interests, previous experience, motivation to apply for this position, career goals, and at least one reference name that could be contacted.

Applications and supporting materials can be submitted in French to: until 12th June 2015. Interview will be organised end of June.

Specific details may be obtained from Valerie Camos:.