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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Psychology

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 30 May 2022

Closing date Sunday 26 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH9463

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An exciting opportunity for a Research Associate has arisen to work in the Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST) to deliver its mission of helping people create the transformation required to tackle climate change. 

About the role 

CAST is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to develop and translate our research into real-world impact, and ultimately help tackle the climate crisis. Specifically, this 12-month position will involve co-development and co-delivery of a programme of residential engagement and behaviour change to help achieve Cornwall Council’s goals of carbon neutrality by 2030 and to be the first region in the UK to become net zero. Achieving these ambitious goals in a way that is fair and effective requires all residents and stakeholders in Cornwall to be fully engaged in the net zero transformation. The project will be co-led by CAST and Cornwall Council, thus ensuring the work delivers impact directly to research users. It will also build the Council’s own capacity to develop and evaluate behavioural interventions beyond the end of the project; and will generate transferable insights for use by other local authorities and communities in achieving their net zero goals.

The Research Associate will work directly with Cornwall Council to translate CAST’s behaviour change and engagement expertise into local policy action, by co-developing and evaluating interventions to change residents’ behaviour to cut emissions. In addition, the Associate will deliver training and engagement with Council staff to help build capacity in residential engagement, behaviour change, and evaluation.

This role is offered on full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed term basis of 12 months. 

About you

You will have a background in psychology or a related subset, with significant specialist knowledge on low-carbon behaviour change and an awareness of climate change policy and practice. You will also have:

  • Experience of delivering education or training
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to write research reports and effectively translate insights into clear messages for policymakers and the public
  • Excellent communication skills.

About the Department 

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. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. More information about the Department can be found at http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/

CAST is an ESRC-funded research Centre involving the University of Bath, Cardiff University, Manchester University, University of East Anglia, York University and Climate Outreach. The Centre aims to be a global hub for understanding the profound changes required to address climate change. More details at: www.cast.ac.uk.

For any informal discussions please contact Lorraine Whitmarsh (Professor) on lw2253@bath.ac.uk

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

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

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.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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