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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

School of Psychology

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £35,326 to £39,739
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Release Date:  Thursday 16 June 2022
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 13 July 2022  (unless otherwise stated)
Reference:  HSS-125-22

The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Social and/or Political psychology with expertise in conducting survey research for a project focusing on the antecedents and consequences of political attitudes. The post is funded by a 5 year European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Dr Nikhil Sengupta, titled “The psychology of public policy: Inequality, immigration and international relations (PSYPOL)

The successful candidate will be highly familiar with major theories and research in political psychology, and will have extensive experience with quantitative research methods (in particular, multilevel and longitudinal modelling) Additionally, familiarity with experiments, experience sampling, and network analysis, as well as applying multiple methods to given research question are desirable.

The project involves two largescale data collection initiatives – a four-wave longitudinal survey of 50,000 adults and an eight-wave longitudinal survey of 20,000 adolescents. Each survey will be extensive, allowing for the inclusion of a wide range of constructs to the projects objectives.

The successful candidate will leverage the largescale data generated by this project to advance the project’s objectives as well as their own research interests.

As Post-Doctoral Research Associate, you will:

  • Complete and disseminate studies in line with the project’s aims
  • Develop, conduct and coordinate the research as indicated in the grant proposal
  • Write up research for publication and present the project’s findings at relevant national and international conferences
  • Actively contribute to the research culture of the School of Psychology

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A doctorate (completed or submitted), or equivalent qualification or experience in psychology, preferably with a focus in political psychology or a related discipline
  • An excellent record of publications in quality peer reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career
  • Experience conducting advanced statistical analyses, including longitudinal and multilevel modelling
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and problem solving skills


The School of Psychology overlooks Canterbury with a view of the cathedral. It is a leading centre of research and education with a commitment to scientific excellence, a concern for tackling problems of contemporary relevance and a commitment to have positive impact.

Please see the links below to view the full Job Description and to apply for this post. For further information regarding the application process, please contact The HR Team on quoting ref number: HSS-125-22.

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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, interviews may take place remotely.