Place: School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science, University of Reading, UK
PI: Kou Murayama (
Term: Full-time, 2.5 years

Application website

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake research in the
Motivation Science Lab (PI: Kou Murayama; at the
University of Reading in educational and data science, specifically to examine
the function of interest and curiosity in education using publicly-available

The successful candidate will be part of a big interdisciplinary team funded by
the prestigious Leverhulme Research Leadership Award — a 5-year £1M award. We
aim to establish an integrative theory of human interest and its relations to
extrinsic rewards, combining psychological, neural, computational, and applied

The postdoctoral research fellow will work on a project that applies multivariate
statistical analysis and/or machine learning to examine the role of interest and
curiosity in education, with additional possibility to work on an educational
intervention study.

The position will be for 2.5 years (full-time) and the expected start date is on
May 1st, 2019 (negotiable).

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of
Reading was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in its unit of assessment in
the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. The university
provides cutting-edge computational facilities to conduct a variety of advanced
statistical analysis and statistical simulation.

You will need to have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Education, Applied Statistics, or other related discipline
    (or working towards completion)
  • Good knowledge about education science in general (ideally good knowledge on
    motivation research in education)
  • Good data analysis skills (multivariate statistical analysis, longitudinal
    data analysis, machine learning, etc.): Please specify the type of analysis and
    program that you can use.
  • Evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics.
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and good interpersonal skills.

Closing date: 28/02/2019

Interview date: 11/03/2019

Informal contact details
Contact role: Line Manager (PI)
Contact name: Kou Murayama
Contact email: