Laboratory Manager


Grade 6: Salary £25,854 - £30,870 p.a.

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography seeks applications to recruit a Laboratory Manager as part of an international project entitled 'Ritual, community and conflict', based in the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at the University of Oxford, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and directed by Professor Harvey Whitehouse.

The project brings together an international, interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, psychologists, historians, archaeologists, and evolutionary theorists from 13 universities conducting research at field sites in approximately ten countries around the world. This five-year programme of research investigates one of the most powerful mechanisms by which groups may be formed, inspired, and coordinated: ritual. Studying how children learn the rituals of their communities will shed light on the various ways in which rituals promote social cohesion within the group and distrust of groups with different ritual traditions. Qualitative field research and controlled psychological experiments will be conducted in a number of troubled regions (including Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Nepal, and Colombia). The project will start on 1 June 2011.

The postholder will be required to develop infrastructure required to coordinate a psychological research laboratory with adult participants including coordinating participants, assisting with research design, supervising undergraduate and graduate research assistants and coordinate research activities, overseeing data collection and analysis, and assisting with the preparation of research papers. The Laboratory Manager will also assist the project’s director and management team in maximizing the coherence, efficiency, and impact of research design and implementation.

The successful applicant will have a Doctorate in experimental psychology (awarded or submitted), experience of running a psychology laboratory, the ability to prioritise under pressure, overcome obstacles, and act on their own initiative, experience with computer applications (Word, Excel, SPSS and the Internet), and good team-working skills. Fluency in written and spoken English and willingness to work outside normal office hours are also required.

This is a fixed-term post for two years, based in Oxford, from 1 June 2011.

Candidates will be considered on the basis of the selection criteria outlined in the further particulars which can be obtained by visiting the website at or by emailing The further particulars include details of the post and how to apply. The closing date for applications is noon on 28 March 2011.