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 is unique in its focus on decision-making under conditions of “radical” uncertainty – situations that resist formulation in terms of standard probability theory and which are not well-characterised by standard approaches in either economics or psychology. Although we are open to a variety of approaches, we are especially interested in scholars with background in one of the following areas:

  1. Social/affective psychology. Relevant expertise could include behavioural experiments or neuroscientific approaches such as fMRI or EEG
  2. Quantitative social science. Relevant expertise could include social network analysis or text/discourse analysis.

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 research post is full-time, lasting until June 2020.

The successful candidate will have an innovative research background in Social/affective psychology and/or Quantitative social science and relevant critical knowledge and interest. An aptitude for rigorous independent thinking and an interest in relevant interdisciplinarity is essential along with an open mindset and the ability to critically assess theories and their assumptions - being willing to extend the post-holder’s knowledge and skills as necessary (for example in developing interview, text analysis or experimental skills) as part of an interdisciplinary research team and an interest in the Centre’s mission and aims are essential. Experience in carrying out research and publishing it 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.  The post-holder will be an experienced, organised and enthusiastic researcher with good communication skills and excellent technical skills. They will be able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines, as well as with industry, governmental or civil society partners.

UCL vacancy reference: 1699462        

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

Please include a CV and Personal Statement document. Within your personal statement indicate which of the two areas of expertise you have and include your ideas about how exactly you would use it to explore the questions listed under Job Purpose. Further details may be obtained from Professor David Tuckett d.tuckett@ucl.ac.uk

Interview Date: Week of the 12 February 2018

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