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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Bath - Psychology

Location: Bath
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 Grade 7, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th August 2022
Closes: 31st August 2022
Job Ref: CH9684

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to design and deliver novel behaviour change interventions to help tackle the climate crisis and promote environmentally-friendly habits.

About the role

You will join our European Research Council-funded Moments of Change for Pro-environmental Behaviour Shifts (MOCHA) project, which aims to examine how pro-environmental lifestyle changes might be achieved through understanding and harnessing 'moments of change' in life circumstances.

These include planned life transitions, such as moving house or retirement, and unplanned disruptions, such as pandemics. You will lead a programme of research to develop and evaluate pro-environmental behaviour change interventions targeted to one or more moments of change. This is likely to involve working with non-academic stakeholders or external organisations, such as local employers or councils, to identify opportunities for field experiments.

We have a growing community of environmental psychologists within the University of Bath's Department of Psychology, which is the most recent partner to join the UK Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST).

This role is offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed term basis with an expected end date of 30 April 2024.

About you:

You will :

  • have a PhD in psychology or an allied discipline, or equivalent significant relevant experience and professional qualification
  • have significant expert knowledge about moments of change and pro-environmental behaviour change
  • be skilled in quantitative psychological research methods, with proven potential to publish in high-quality journals

For any informal discussions about the role please contact Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh on lw2253@bath.ac.uk or Nicholas Nash (Research Fellow) on psmncan@bath.ac.uk

About the Department

You will be based in the University of Bath's Department of Psychology. The University of Bath is ranked 8th best university in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2023. The School of Psychology at Bath is based in a new £30m state-of-the-art building, and has a distinctive research profile of theoretically informed research in applied psychology.

The interdisciplinary and breadth of methodological approaches features strongly in their research. Environmental psychology is a core strength in the School and researchers are working with industry and policy partners on various projects on travel behaviours, energy use, societal transformations, and environmental values.

The Department of Psychology and the University of Bath have Bronze Awards from the Athena SWAN Charter Scheme. The Department and the University are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

  • Relocation Procedure
  • Visa Reimbursement Scheme
  • Interest-Free Loan Scheme
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