Vacancy Type/Job category
£31,406 - £40,927 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry.
2 x Full time position, fixed term for up to 2 years( with possibility of
extension for an additional year)
The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint two full-time, postdoctoral
researchers based at the Department of Psychology, as part of an ERC-funded
research awarded to Professor Gordon Brown. The posts are available to start
as soon as possible on or after 1st October 2021.
Project: The positions are part of a project ‘ADG-RRTJDM' funded by the
European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 788826). The project
concerns people's preferences, values and choices and the relation of these to
social influence, markets, and phenomena such as income inequality, political
polarization and nationalism. The overall aim is to develop a new and
integrative model which reconceptualises the relation between preferences,
choices, attitudes, and expressed opinions, and to explore the implications
for wider society.
Possible activities for appointees include but are not limited to, for example
(a) agent-based social network modelling, (b) analyses of large datasets
to examine how people's preferences are influenced by the social and economic
characteristics of the societies they live in, and (c) laboratory-based
experiments using methodology from psychology and behavioural economics to
examine, e.g., how people learn their preferences over time.
Requirements: We seek two highly motivated individuals with strong interests
in quantitative, theoretical or experimental research in cognitive, social,
economic, or political science. Strong candidates are likely to have expertise
in at least some of cognitive modelling, judgement and decision-making
research, political psychology, econometrics, computer programming, and
experimental design. An interdisciplinary perspective is essential. We are
open to applicants from any relevant quantitative background. Applicants
should have, or be near to obtaining, a PhD in a relevant field (e.g.,
economics, behavioural economics, psychology; evolutionary biology; computer
science; political science).
Further details about the Department can be found at:
https:// www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych. If you have any questions related to
this PhD project or would like more details, please contact Gordon Brown at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on research and publications,
To apply, include a short personal statement detailing your research interests
(2 pages maximum) and a CV.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497). Upon
successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted
to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade
structure (£31,406 pa).
Possible activities for the researchers include but are not limited to, for
example (a) agent-based social network modelling, (b) analyses of large
datasets to examine how people's preferences are influenced by the social and
economic characteristics of the societies they live in, and (c) laboratory-
based experiments using methodology from psychology and behavioural economics
to examine, e.g., how people learn their preferences over time.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To contribute to both theoretical and empirical aspects of the project
2. To collaborate with other postdoctoral and postgraduate appointees
3. To ensure data are managed and archived in compliance with relevant
4. To help disseminate findings and knowledge across multiple domains, i.e.:
assisting with and leading submissions to academic journals and conferences.
5. To attend project team meetings and relevant departmental activities
(e.g. lab group meetings, seminars).
6. To complete all relevant training and learning modules as required.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Completed PhD (or nearly completed) PhD in a cognate field (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Knowledge or use of appropriate methods (a, c)
Essential Criteria 3
Effective communication and collaborative (oral and written) skills (a, c)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight
deadlines (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Demonstrated ability or potential to publish excellent work on topics relevant
to the project (a, c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
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For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
We are committed to supporting all staff in reaching their potential and we
welcome applications from candidates from diverse and underrepresented groups.
Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for gender equality
advancement, while Warwick University holds a Silver Award. These awards and
the Departmental policy on equality, diversity and inclusion represent our
commitment to our diverse student population and to the advancement of all our
We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous
maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare
facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. The Department offers flexible
working arrangements and a commitment to schedule department events within
“core hours only”. Warwick Psychology is strongly committed to fostering
excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from
members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in
academia. Candidates should have experience in, or be able to demonstrate a
commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in culturally
diverse work and educational environments.
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5 Oct 2021