Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of Psychology University of Kent, School of Psychology United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate


School of Psychology

Location: Canterbury

Salary: £34,189 to £39,609

Grade: Grade 7

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months - With a possibility of an extension up to 5 years

Release Date: Wednesday 01 May 2019

Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Thursday 30 May 2019 (unless otherwise stated)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: SS-017-19


The School of Psychology are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with expertise in conducting comparative research in social/cultural psychology for a project on the topic of honour and social interactions. This post is funded by a 5-year European Research Council Consolidator grant entitled “The Cultural Logic of Honour and Social Interaction: A Cross-Cultural Comparison (HONORLOGIC)”


Working with Professor Ayse K. Uskul you will be responsible for experiment and survey design, data collections from samples in the UK and coordinating data collection in 11 other locations around the world, training of research assistants in other locations, coordination of translation and back-translation of study materials, data analysis, dissemination of findings in the form of conference presentations and publications in academic journals, and organisation of the (online and face-to-face) meetings with team members and the project conference.


You will be required to attend conferences and train research assistants in different sites and you must be willing and able to travel internationally. 


The position will be available for two years initially, with the possibility of extending it to 5 years subject to positive evaluation. The appointed person will be given the opportunity and support to develop their own research and further their career development.


As Post-Doctoral Research Associate you will:

  • Develop, conduct and coordinate the research as indicated in the grant proposal

  • Coordinate an international network of team members and plan international activities (e.g., project meetings and conferences)

  • Write up research work for publication and disseminate the project’s findings at relevant national and international conferences

  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A doctorate or equivalent qualification in Psychology, preferably with a focus in Cultural Psychology or an allied subject (or submitted thesis prior to the interview date)

  • An excellent record of publications in quality peer reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career

  • Experience of independently using statistical packages such as SPSS (and/or R), Mplus / HLM7

  • Continued interest to develop professional profile, knowledge, and skills


The School of Psychology 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. We currently have over 40 faculty members, 80 PhD students and a diverse range of externally funded research projects that employ numerous post-doctoral staff. All are supported by an experienced Professional and Technical Services team. 


Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS-017-19.

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