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Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Evaluation Lead

University of Plymouth - School of Psychology - Faculty of Health

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum - Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 3rd January 2024
Job Ref: A9907

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a progressive and impactful research network (Network Plus) that aims to support a more sustainable and responsible fashion and textiles industry. Situated in Britain’s beautiful Ocean City, Plymouth, this post will work across disciplines, research institutes, and industry to help embed a range of key disciplines, including social and environmental sciences, to facilitate a paradigm shift in the UK’s fashion and textiles sector.

You will use social science to help answer questions that need to be answered in order to see a more sustainable fashion industry. For example, whose decisions and behaviours need to be understood, what are their current perceptions and motives for existing practices, what do they need in order to shift towards more sustainable practices?

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis until October 2025 due to funding.

You will be based in the state-of-the-art School of Psychology as well as the award-winning interdisciplinary International Marine Litter Research Unit. Working with Dr Kayleigh Wyles (School of Psychology), Professor Richard Thompson (School of Biological and Marine Sciences) and other post-doctorates on the project, your post will undertake social science research and be the Evaluation Lead for the network. This will involve mapping the different stakeholders and activities proposed by the network, developing an evaluation strategy (i.e., social science methods to assess baseline and change in perceptions and behaviours), as well as supporting partners in implementing the strategy. In addition, the post will lead on data collection (i.e., collecting stakeholders’ views before, during and after events, analysing the data and writing up the results as journal articles and reports).

You will:

  • Have a PhD in the social sciences, or have equivalent research experience and knowledge.
  • Have knowledge of behaviour change principles as well as social science evaluation methods. have experience of designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research methods (e.g., interviews, questionnaires and/or observations tools) that capture perceptions and/or behaviours of a range of social groups, analysing and writing up results
  • Have professional / academic level English language skills, both verbal and written, including a proven record of quality research publications, at least, 2-3* with respect to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). Publications in the domain of social and behavioural sciences are especially desirable.

Candidates from a natural sciences background are encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate experience of conducting research with people.

Due to the nature of the project, we expect experience in or openness to working across disciplines, sectors, and cultures, with excellent interpersonal skills. You must also have very good organisational and time management skills with meticulous attention to detail. In addition, you must have successful team leadership skills with the ability to work well within a team.

You will already be operating as a member of a management team.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr. Kayleigh Wyles by email Kayleigh.Wyles@plymouth.ac.uk

Closing date:  12 midnight, Wednesday 3 January 2024

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