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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:  Friday 01 October 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 29 October 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Reference:  HSS-076-21

The School of Psychology is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to conduct comparative research in behavioural economics for a project on the topic of honour and social interactions. The post is funded by a 5-year European Research Council Consolidator grant awarded to Professor Ayse K Uskul titled “The Cultural Logic of Honour and Social Interaction: A Cross-Cultural Comparison (HONORLOGIC) 

The project consists of four work packages designed to examine the following question: “How do cultural groups that promote honour as a core cultural value approach coordinating with others, reaching compromise, and offering apologies?” The two work packages that fall under the responsibility of this advertised post, will examine cultural differences and similarities (and role of honour) in co-ordination and cooperation and compromise.


The successful candidate will work with principal grant holder Professor Uskul and be responsible for experiment and survey design, data collection from samples in the UK and coordinating data collection in 11 other locations around the world. The successful candidate will also contribute to securing ethics approval for studies in all locations.

As Post-Doctoral Research Associate you will:

  • Actively contribute to the writing of research papers addressing the project’s research aims, in collaboration with the PI and other Postdoctoral RA’s
  • Develop, conduct, and coordinate the research as indicated in the designated project work packages, in line with the grant proposal
  • Collect, manage and analyse all data planned in the two work packages and contribute and write up studies in the other two work packages where needed

To be successful in the role you will have/be:

  • A doctorate or equivalent qualification/experience in behavioural economics or psychology –or an allied subject
  • An excellent record of publications in quality peer reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career
  • Experience conducting advanced statistical analyses, including multilevel modelling
  • Familiarity with research literatures on economic games measuring coordination and cooperation, decision making and honour and/or cultural psychology

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-076-21

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