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Research Associate: Social norms, behavioural biases and cybersecurity adoption (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate: Social norms, behavioural biases and cybersecurity adoption (fixed term)

Department School of Management

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119 (Research Fellow/Research Associate/Research Assistant)

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 16 January 2023

Closing date Wednesday 08 February 2023

Interview date Friday 17 February 2023

Reference JS10252

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the School of Management at the University of Bath. 

About the role:

The post is part of a larger investment focusing on interdisciplinary research relating to cybersecurity from a social scientific and economic perspective. As an integral part of the Discribe team, you will work on one of our core research topics – understanding adoption of new secure technology. This research will be focused on barriers to - and enablers of - technology adoption – including the development and testing of new models of human decision-making and the importance of social norms. You will help design and conduct experiments to look at social norms as a way changing the balance of costs and benefits in secure technology adoption.

You will be working closely with Prof. Adam Joinson (the Director of the Hub+), Dr Joanna Syrda (Economics of Cybersecurity and Behavioural Economics), as well as the Hub+ Manager, and supporting a group of incoming PhD students (with supervision opportunities if appropriate). 

There is also a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of online behaviour and cybersecurity work at Bath and its interdisciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results in major international conferences and journals. 

This is a full-time, fixed term post until (initially) 30th August 2024.

About us:

The ESRC Digital Security by Design Social Science (Discribe) Hub+ is an exciting collaboration between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Royal Holloway, University of London that seeks to support the wider £187m Digital Security by Design programme while challenging and developing our ideas about cybersecurity – both now and in the future. Launched in September 2020 with £3.5m funding from UKRI and DCMS, the Discribe Hub+ is developing a vision of a secure digital future based on the adoption at scale of new technologies that will make our work and social lives in cyberspace more secure (

The group participates in several major initiatives, including leading projects as part of the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), and the National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN), and forms around a core “Applied Digital Behaviour Lab” ( 

The wider Discribe Hub+ comprises researchers from computer science, sociology, the arts and humanities, psychology and criminology, and this is an ideal opportunity for a researcher who thrives in an inter-disciplinary environment’.

About you:

The ideal applicant will be familiar with a variety of methodologies and have an interest in behavioural and/or experimental economics, and a willingness to work with the wider team to design, implement and analyse experimental studies.

Support in secure hardware adoption, of adoption model and cost/benefits metrics, and development in interdisciplinary research environments and challenges is desired but not essential.

You will have advanced skills in behavioural science and experiment design. 

A PhD in Psychology, Behavioural or Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Economics or related discipline is a requirement. Some experience of / or an interest in digital technology and security would be an advantage, as would advanced data handling skills using R, Stata and/or SPSS.

For further information, contact Prof. Adam Joinson ( For queries about the behavioural and economics work within Discribe, contact Dr, Joanna Syrda (

What we can offer you:

  • 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;
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements.;
  • 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: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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.

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Update to our application process

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