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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Psychology

Salary Salary for a Research Assistant is £27,929 rising to £34,308 per annum. Salary for a Research Associate is £35,333 rising to £42,155 per annum.

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Tuesday 20 September 2022

Closing date Tuesday 04 October 2022

Interview date Wednesday 12 October 2022

Reference CH9831

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We are seeking a researcher to join an exciting and impactful project to develop a new psychological model of group threat. 

About the role 

In this government-funded project, you will be responsible for conducting a literature review to understand and evaluate models of intergroup and intra-group threat. As the researcher on the project, you will take a leading role in coordinating with our government stakeholder and collaborating with the Principal Investigator (Dr Laura Smith) to ensure the project delivers novel insights and impact. 

The review will contextualise existing models of group threat within the broader social psychological literature and evaluate the empirical evidence for how effectively those models can be applied to contexts that include intra-group and/or intergroup threats, and a combination thereof. This will include an evaluation of how effectively existing models and other theories can account for, or help explain, responses to different types of and combinations of threats across contexts. 

About you 

Ideally you will hold a postgraduate or undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline, or have equivalent significant relevant experience or qualifications. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • experience conducting literature reviews,
  • knowledge of social psychological theories and research,
  • experience critically evaluating psychological research,
  • experience in writing industry reports and/or research publications,
  • the ability to communicate and collaborate with stakeholders from outside academia,
  • experience of working in a research team.

There is one position available which is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term basis for an expected start date of 07 November 2022 and end date of 08/05/2023.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Laura Smith (

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

Social psychology is a core strength in the Department, and researchers are working with industry and policy partners on various projects on social norms, online influence, values, morality, creativity, environmental behaviours, social identity, and discourse in online and offline social contexts. 

For more information about research in Social Psychology in the Department, please see:

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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Further details:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.