Research Associate in Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield, Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Job Reference Number: UOS022973

 Job Title: Research Associate

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 36 months with a preferred start date of 1 October 2019.

 Working Pattern: Full time

 Faculty: Faculty of Science

Department: Department of Psychology

 Salary: Grade 7 £31,302 - £32,236 per annum

Closing Date: 17th July 2019



 We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to work on a research project in the

Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Situated at the interface of behaviour change science and positive psychology, the project will investigate how people respond to set-backs when pursuing their goals and explore ways to help people to respond with self-compassion. Our aim is to develop a theoretical framework and tools that can be applied across a variety of real-world settings (for example, health behaviours, parenting, managing deadlines). As such, this research has important implications for our understanding of self-compassion, of how people respond to lapses in goal pursuit and, how to promote effective selfregulation and help people to make changes to their behaviour. The project is funded for 3-years by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). You will work with Dr Fuschia Sirois ( and Dr Thomas Webb ( to carry out the research described above. This will involve designing and developing materials, applying for ethical approval, recruiting participants, managing the datasets, analysing the data and preparing reports for publication and disseminating the findings via social media, academic conferences, and engagement with potential users. The position will provide you with the opportunity to sharpen your theoretical skills, broaden your applied research experience, and gain valuable experience engaging with non-academic stakeholders. You should have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) in psychology or a related discipline and a PhD (or be close to completion) in psychology or a related discipline (or equivalent experience).


You should also have well-developed skills with respect to designing, conducting, analysing and presenting the findings of questionnaire and experimental research, and excellent organisation, communication, and collaboration skills. Knowledge of contemporary research on self-regulation, self-compassion, individual differences, and social psychology more broadly would also be an advantage.


We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.


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