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Knowledge Exchange Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Knowledge Exchange Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Psychology

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2426

Placed on Monday 30 May 2022

Closing date Sunday 26 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH9478

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An exciting opportunity 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 are seeking a highly motivated Knowledge Exchange (KE) Associate to translate our research into real-world impact, and ultimately help tackle the climate crisis. The Centre is already working with policy-makers, businesses and charities to create social, behavioural and organisational change measures and policies, but we need to expand our capabilities to respond rapidly to stakeholders' growing requests for our insights. 

You will work with policy communities to translate CAST’s behaviour change and engagement expertise into policy action, and with private-sector and third-sector organisations to co-develop and evaluate specific interventions and tools to change behaviour/organisations to cut emissions. As well as responding to requests from these research users for CAST’s insights, we also expect the Associate to cultivate KE opportunities and apply for funding for further research and engagement work. Across activities, the Associate should collect evidence of impact that could inform future REF impact case studies. 

You will bring in research and consultancy funding to sustain their position in the longer term, potentially paving the way for further KE posts to be funded in the future. This role is essential to the future success of CAST and to ensuring our research makes a real difference.

This role is offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed term basis of 24 months. 

About you

  • Awareness of the latest developments in the field of climate change policy and practice, particularly the roles of social/behaviour change and public engagement
  • Experience developing relationships with and delivering effective advocacy to decision-makers e.g. politicians, business leaders and civil servants
  • Ability to write research reports and to effectively disseminate outcomes
  • Ability to prepare research proposals and achieve funding

About the Department 

You will be based in the University of Bath's Department of Psychology. 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. 

The Centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST) is a five-year (with potential for a further 5-10 year extension) £5m investment by ESRC, involving the University of Bath, Cardiff University, Manchester University, University of East Anglia, York University and Climate Outreach. 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:

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. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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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