Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term) - Department of Psychology
University of Nottingham, Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term)


Closing Date
Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Job Type


£27025 to £33199 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The University of Nottingham is a truly global university, ranked consistently among the very best institutions of the world. Established upon an exceptional platform in education, research and industrial engagement in the UK, the University has also built highly successful campuses in Malaysia and China.


Delivering world-changing research is part of Nottingham’s history and strategy for the future. The University was ranked eighth (based on research power) of all UK universities in the last national research audit (REF 2014). Enhancing research quality and impact and growing partnerships is a focus of the University’s vision for the future. Graduates from Nottingham are highly sought after and the University is committed to providing an outstanding, international education to talented students.


The School of Psychology is situated within the Faculty of Science. We are very proud to have been placed in the Top 100 in the most recent QS World University Rankings for Psychology. In the REF 2014, we (alongside Psychiatry and Neuroscience) were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research power. You will be joining a school with a high quality and exciting research environment that has outstanding facilities for research in psychology and cognitive neuroscience.


We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate/Fellow to deliver a National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) UKFORUM funded project [For the assessment of individualised risk (FAIR Project): The Framing of Assessment of Individual Behaviour as Risk or Safety Checks] to develop an evidence base for more individualised blood donor risk assessment based on sexual behaviour.


You will work with Professor Ferguson, Dr Lawrence, staff at NHSBT, Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust to deliver a package of research exploring the acceptability of a sexual behaviour based tool to screen potential blood donors. Acceptability will be explored in men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), NHSBT staff, patients, blood donors and non-donors. You will be responsible for running focus groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, helping to develop and implement online survey materials, applying for ethical approvals (IRAS), running experiments, writing reports, preparing presentations and drafting academic papers.


Candidates must have a PhD in psychology or a related discipline (or close to completion), and must have experience working on sensitive topics (this could include, but is not limited to, sexual behaviour) and skills with respect to: running and analysing focus groups and developing survey materials; using online research platforms such as Qualtrics or willingness to learn about these; working in an inter-disciplinary team, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience working within the NHS and/or within MSM communities is desirable but not essential.


This post will be offered on a full-time fixed-term contract until 30 June 2020.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Eamonn Ferguson (tel: 15327, email or Claire Lawrence (tel: 15326, email: Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.


Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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