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Research Fellow in Social Cognition and Digital Media

UCL - Experimental Psychology

Location: London
Salary: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Closes: 5th January 2024
Job Ref: B02-05866

About us

University College London ranks top in the UK for research power in Psychology. Experimental Psychology is a department with a world leading research environment, examining the psychological and biological bases of behaviour. It has excellent teams in social cognition, judgment and decision making. The post holder would be working with a team of international researchers located in five countries, working together on a project on digital media and cultural transformation.

About the role

The Department is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to investigate how social psychological factors and motivation affect engagement in social media. We are particularly interested in the formation of echo chambers, self-selection and social influence processes that occur in Facebook or Twitter. The position starts in January 2024 and is available until September 2025 in the first instance. The post-holder will design experiments and quasi-experiments focusing on self-selection, spreading of misinformation, belief updating, and identity formation, which can lead to polarization in domains such as political ideology or climate change. The post holder will program, collect data, analyse data and write the findings, in consultation with Professor Ana Guinote. The work will be carried out in collaboration with international team across five European countries, as part of a grant funded by the Collaboration for Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (CHANSE) The appointment is made at Grade 7 on an annual salary of £42,099 including London Allowance. This is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD.

About you

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Psychology (or a related subject of relevance to digital media research, in particular social media) with the dissertation work demonstrating an understanding of social media use, social psychology, social cognition or digital media use. He or she will have statistical proficiency in line with the demands of this post. Competitive applicants will be well versed with social psychology, social cognition, and or social media behaviour, as evidenced by publication record.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

• 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
• Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
• Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
• Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
• Immigration loan
• Relocation scheme for certain posts
• On-Site nursery
• On-site gym
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
• Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
• Discounted medical insurance

Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/reward-and-benefits to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

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