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Research Fellow (104483-0921) x 2

University of Warwick - Department of Psychology

Location: Coventry
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 5th October 2021
Job Ref: 1879199

Two full-time positions, fixed-term for 2 years (with possibility of extension for an additional year).

The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint two full-time, postdoctoral researchers based at the Department of Psychology, as part of an ERC-funded research awarded to Professor Gordon Brown. The posts are available to start as soon as possible on or after 1st October 2021.

Project: The positions are part of a project ‘ADG-RRTJDM’ funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 788826). The project concerns people’s preferences, values and choices and the relation of these to social influence, markets, and phenomena such as income inequality, political polarization and nationalism. The overall aim is to develop a new and integrative model which reconceptualises the relation between preferences, choices, attitudes, and expressed opinions, and to explore the implications for wider society.

Possible activities for appointees include but are not limited to, for example (a) agent-based social network modelling, (b) analyses of large datasets to examine how people’s preferences are influenced by the social and economic characteristics of the societies they live in, and (c) laboratory-based experiments using methodology from psychology and behavioural economics to examine, e.g., how people learn their preferences over time.

Requirements: We seek two highly motivated individuals with strong interests in quantitative, theoretical or experimental research in cognitive, social, economic, or political science. Strong candidates are likely to have expertise in at least some of cognitive modelling, judgement and decision-making research, political psychology, econometrics, computer programming, and experimental design. An interdisciplinary perspective is essential. We are open to applicants from any relevant quantitative background. Applicants should have, or be near to obtaining, a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., economics, behavioural economics, psychology; evolutionary biology; computer science; political science).

Further details about the Department can be found at: If you have any questions related to this PhD project or would like more details, please contact Gordon Brown at For more information on research and publications, visit:

To apply, include a short personal statement detailing your research interests (2 pages maximum) and a CV.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£31,406 pa).

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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