Research Associate - Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty

University College London - UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Psychoanalysis Unit

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,056 - £41,163 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position in the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty (CSDU) The Centre addresses the ongoing intellectual and policy challenges unleashed by the global financial crisis and subsequent doubts about the present state of academic understandings of economic and related decision-making. The centre is the world’s first to focus specifically on “radical” uncertainty and staff have developed Conviction Narrative Theor.

The post is funded until February 2020 and is available from September.

The aim of the research is to to focus on understanding more about the kind of narratives that support decision-making. How do action-facilitating narratives (for example in politics or industry or economic policy) gain traction in local contexts and across social networks? What are the features of a “convincing narrative”? Under what individual and group circumstances do particular narratives get successfully challenged or fade away? How do new ones replace them? These questions might be investigated from social, psychological, literary or neuroscience perspectives. The post-holder will work with the Centre Director and others to devise research projects, submit research applications, write research papers, work with potential funders, liaise with UCL colleagues, liaise with industry or governmental partners, engage in the public communication of the Centre’s work via the media as well as at scientific conferences.

The successful candidate will have an innovative research background with critical knowledge of relevant social science and/or experimental methodologies and an interest in narrative and text. An aptitude for rigorous thinking and a strong ability to conduct in-depth content and statistical analysis on diverse and large datasets, using a broad range of methods will be an advantage.

An open mindset and the ability to critically assess theories and their assumptions. You should have a familiarity with a broad range of approaches to understanding narrative and individual and collective decision making. The ability to work creatively and open-mindedly being willing to extend the post-holder’s knowledge and skills as necessary (for example in developing interview or experimental skills) as part of an interdisciplinary research team and an interest in the Centre’s mission and aims are essential. An interdisciplinary background with diverse experience and a creative and integrative thinking style with knowledge and openness to several disciplines are essential. Knowledge and interest in text analysis, psycholinguistics and natural language processing in a psychology context is desirable.

Experience in carrying out research is essential. Ideally, the applicant will have a PhD or have submitted their thesis with a strong data analysis component, and probably in a subject area related to decision-making or choice. The applicant will also have demonstrated the ability to collaborate successfully with researchers in other fields.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Further details may be obtained from Professor David Tuckett 

Closing Date: 01 September 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: Week of 18th September, Date TBC

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