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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Psychology

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 03 August 2022

Closing date Sunday 11 September 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH9684

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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

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.

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:

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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