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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29808

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 06/09/2019

Job live date: 25/07/2019

Salary: £30,395 - £33,199 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join an innovative project funded by the UKRI and hosted by the University of Reading. We are seeking a highly capable and motivated researcher with excellent potential, to make a positive contribution to this project

This is a unique opportunity for a postdoctoral research fellow to join the Anxiety and Depression in young people (AnDY) team, working on an exciting new research project examining adventurous play and anxiety in children. The project is funded by a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Professor Helen Dodd, who leads the project. 

The project focuses on adventurous play in children. Specifically, the project examines whether it is possible to increase children’s opportunities for adventurous play in school and, in turn, whether this affects their emotional wellbeing, specifically their risk for problematic anxiety.  Play is important for both children's physical health and emotional well-being. Adventurous play, where children are given space to take risks in their play, to explore fear, uncertainty and excitement, may decrease children's anxiety symptoms and anxiety risk (Sandseter & Kennair, 2011). This project will provide the first empirical research to examine this important topic.

The post is available on a Fixed Term contract for 26 months.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD (or soon to obtain a PhD) in Psychology or other relevant discipline.
  • an interest in the research topic;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders, including industry partners, teachers, parents and children;
  • experience of conducting psychological research, preferably with children or in schools;
  • the ability to work independently and solve problems creatively;

Professor Dodd is a senior member of the Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY) research unit at The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS) at Reading. PCLS was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It comprises approximately 180 academic, research, clinical and professional & administrative staff. The school has a strength is anxiety research as well as developmental psychopathology & affective neuroscience more broadly. In addition, the school comprises three NHS research clinics (Anxiety & Depression; Speech & Language Therapy; Dementia), an independent Centre for Autism, the AnDY clinic and the Charlie Waller Institute.

Interview date: 18th September 2019


Informal contact details

Contact role:

Principle investigator

Contact name:

Professor Helen Dodd

Contact phone:

0118 376 6221

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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