Senior Technician - Psychology

Job Title: Senior Technician - Psychology
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,816 – 39,152 per annumm
Job Published: October 02, 2020 09:20

Job Description

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Senior Technician - Psychology

We are currently looking for a Senior Technician to join our technical team within the School of Applied Sciences, to provide support to the Psychology department. You will become a valued member of the School’s technical team, supporting the range of academic disciplines of the School.

Our School of Applied Sciences offers our students an experience beyond the classroom. Through our research, we aim to make a major impact on health, the environment and society in Scotland and across the world. 

Our £60 million, purpose built Science and Health Campus in Sighthill is home to high calibre equipment that allows us and our students to develop expert analytical and technical skills. It is for these reasons that we are recognised as an institution for putting our students’ skills and development at the heart of their learning. 

The Role

As Senior Technician you will be responsible for managing the specialist laboratories and related facilities of the Psychology department in order to effectively support teaching and research in the School. You will be responsible for the maintenance, organisation and development of the facilities and equipment.

Key skills and attributes required in this role are: experience and expertise in the use of a range of Psychology software and equipment e.g. SPSS, E-Prime, MatLab, survey software such as Qualtrics, EEG, BIOPAC, Eye trackers, Video and audio recording systems and Psychometric tests.  These are examples: we welcome applications from people who have expertise and experience in some of these areas, and who can demonstrate an ability and willingness to quickly develop skills in other areas.  A basic ability to code in at least one computer language (e.g., C++, MatLab, Python, Perl, R) would therefore be valuable.

In the interests of replicability and accessibility, we are currently moving toward the use of Open Source software where possible.  Experience of using JASP, R, and OpenSesame software would therefore be highly desirable.  

You will provide subject-specific technical input to student provision, especially in relation to research projects. A key part of your role will be to support both staff and students in relevant techniques, research methodologies and procedures. 

You will also be expected to provide technical assistance to research areas within the Psychology group and other related social science subject areas, as appropriate, under the direction of the Technical Manager, and to liaise with the University Information Services team to ensure smooth running of teaching and research. Details about research in Psychology can be found here:

Who are we looking for? 

The following criteria are essential, in conjunction with the role profile:

  • Honours degree in psychology, or equivalent professional experience.
  • A good working knowledge of software support, installation and networking systems.
  • Experience and expertise in the use of a range of Psychology-related software and equipment and an understanding of related GDPR issues and ethical matters relating to research with human participants. 
  • Working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety regulations.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent time management and organisational skills, adaptability, and maintain a flexible approach to your work.  Real-time problem solving is a core part of this role.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

For a detailed list of requirements, you can read the full profile here

Benefits we offer

You can expect a minimum of 36 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. 

Salary: Grade 5, £32,816 – 39,152 per annumm 

Further information about our benefits can be found here 

Additional Information: 

Application closing date: 25th October

Interviews will be held on the 11th November

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and hold Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here