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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

University of Kent - School of Psychology

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £35,326 to £39,739 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2022
Closes: 29th May 2022
Job Ref: HSS-118-22

The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to conduct research in moral psychology for the project on the topic of trust in AI, titled “Antecedents and Consequences of Trust in Artificial Agents” 

The post is funded by a 3 year ESRC New Investigator Award given to Dr Jim Everett, and investigates specific antecedents and consequences of trust in AI, especially when it comes to AI being increasingly used in morally relevant contexts.  

The successful candidate will work with the principal grant holder, Dr Jim Everett, and will be responsible for experiment and survey design and for coordinating and assisting with online data collection from 7 locations around the world. 

The post is funded for 18 months.

As Post-Doctoral Research Associate, you will:

  • Develop, conduct, and coordinate the research as indicated in the designated project work packages, in line with the grant proposal
  • Collect, manage and analyse all data in R
  • Contribute to the writing of research papers addressing the project’s research aims, in collaboration with the PI
  • Coordinate the translation and back translation of study materials
  • Undertake other scholarly activities to promote the project nationally and internationally, including presenting the research at conferences and workshops

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A doctorate or equivalent qualification/experience in behavioural economics or psychology – or an allied subject (or near to completion)
  • An excellent record of publications in quality peer reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career
  • Familiarity with psychological research literatures on moral psychology, trust/impression formation, and (preferably) AI
  • Experience of independently using the statistical package R
  • Experience of conducting advanced statistical analyses

The School of Psychology overlooks Canterbury with a view of the cathedral. It is a leading centre of research and education with a commitment to scientific excellence, a concern for tackling problems of contemporary relevance and a commitment to have positive impact

Please see the links below to view the full Job Description and to apply for this post. For further information regarding the application process, please contact The HR Team on hsshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: HSS-118-22

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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, interviews may take place remotely.

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