Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Interreg PPP) - Perceptions & Behaviours
Application closing date
£34,804 to £40,322 per annum - Grade 7
We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow with knowledge in
applied psychology, specifically in studying perceptions and behaviours
relating to plastic pollution. This is part of the EU funded Preventing
Plastic Pollution Project. This post will concentrate on work to identify and
evaluate behavioural changes needed to reduce plastic pollution. This is a
full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis until March
You will apply social and behavioural research methods to a) co-create
instruments and methods to elicit perceptions and behaviour patterns relating
to plastic use and waste management, implement these tools, analyse data and
write up results, and b) support training programmes to increase capacity in
psychological and behavioural research among our partner organisations. You
will work primarily with Dr Kayleigh Wyles (School of Psychology,) and
Professor Richard Thompson (School of Biological and Marine Sciences)
together with partners in the UK and France; Queen Mary University of London
(project lead), the Rivers Trust, Westcountry Rivers Trust, South East
Rivers Trust, Plymouth City Council, Defra, Environment Agency, LACOCEA
Conseil Expertise et Analyses, Syndicat mixte établissement public de gestion
et d'aménagement de la baie de Douarnenez, Agence Française de la
Biodiversité, Brest metropole, Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Conseil départemental de la Manche, Institut français de recherche pour
l'exploitation de mer, Syndicat de bassin de l'Elorn, ACTIMAR, and Brest'aim.
You will also be part of the International Marine Litter Research Unit that
covers a wide range of other projects.
Through the preparation of high quality publication materials for refereed
journals and presenting results at conferences and appropriate events, you
will disseminate the findings and take a lead in presenting the research.
Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field including but not limited to
Psychology, Social or Behavioural Sciences, or equivalent research experience
and knowledge. Candidates from a natural sciences background are encouraged to
apply if they can demonstrate experience of conducting research with people.
You will have knowledge of behaviour change principles as well as evaluation
methods. You will have experience of designing and implementing qualitative
and quantitative interview, survey and/or observations tools that capture
perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and/or behaviours of a range of social groups,
analysing and writing up results. You will have professional / academic level
English language skills, both verbal and written, including a proven record of
quality research publications at, at least, 2-3 with respect to the Higher
Education Funding Council for England's Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Publications in the domain of social and behavioural sciences are especially
Due to the nature of the project, we expect experience in or openness to
working across disciplines, sectors, and cultures, with excellent
interpersonal skills. You must also have very good organisational and time
management skills with meticulous attention to detail. In addition you must
have successful team leadership skills with the ability to work well within a
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact
Dr. Kayleigh Wyles by email Kayleigh.Wyles@plymouth.ac.uk and/or Prof Richard
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday
scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development
Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 16th July 2021 and you will be
notified if you have been shortlisted or not.
Flexible working options including job share will be considered.
Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University is currently
implementing a number of safety measures as per Government advice therefore
the successful applicant may be required to work from home in the first
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone
makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To
find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan
and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms
such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity &
adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as
BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.