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Research Fellow

Aston University - Aston Business School

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £33,797 (Grade 8) per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th September 2019
Closes: 20th October 2019
Job Ref: R190405

We are offering an excellent opportunity for a research fellow role on a project funded by the European Union (Horizon 2020) within the Work and Organisational Psychology department at Aston University. The Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School is an exciting, creative and productive international research group, proceeding understanding of social processes, people management and organisational effectiveness, whilst also making an evident difference to effective practice and policy in organisations. Our basic and applied research is highly recognised, both nationally and internationally. It covers individual, team and organisational effectiveness, creativity and innovation, cross-cultural leadership, the organisation of health services, high quality health care and employee well-being, composition and processes in top management teams and how they relate to organisational effectiveness, and effectiveness of voluntary and non-profit organisations.

This is a fixed term post of 36 months, beginning in October 2019 and will involve work on an EU-funded (Horizon 2020) project titled 'Diversity Innovation Support Scheme for SMEs' (DINNOS). DINNOS will be delivered by a consortium, involving Aston University and The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in the UK as well as University of Wuppertal and the Kienbaum Insitiute@ISM in Germany. The project aims to develop, deliver and evaluate an innovation support scheme consisting of two interventions for SMEs to improve innovation in age diverse teams. The first intervention is a leadership training program for SME business owners, which focuses on reducing age stereotypes and associated conflicts and enhance appreciation of age diversity. The second intervention focuses on individual employees. It is a cognitive ability training, which aims to reduce the decline of fluid cognitive abilities and in turn increase generation of innovative ideas. The main goal of DINNOS is to conduct a large scale evaluation of the effectiveness of this innovation support scheme in a sample of N=300 SMEs from Germany and the UK with in total N= 400 individual.

Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a bronze award. We pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly, supportive working environment and collaborative atmosphere.

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