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Research Assistants: Psychology, Security and Online Groups (fixed term)

Job title Research Assistants: Psychology, Security and Online Groups (fixed term)

Department School of Management

Salary Starting from £27,116, rising to £33,309

Grade Grade 6

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 20 June 2022

Closing date Monday 18 July 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JS9569

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The University of Bath School of Management is seeking two full-time Research Assistants to join the “Modelling online engagement patterns to infer risk” project within CREST (Centre for Research Evidence on Security Threats).

About us: 

The School of Management has recently moved into a new building with custom designed Behavioural Research Labs and a secure data analysis facility. You will join the Applied Digital Behaviour Lab within the IDO Division. You will join a team comprising academics from the School of Management and Department of Psychology, post-doctoral researchers on a range of externally funded projects, and PhD students.

About the role:

This programme of work combines expertise in cyber security, psychology and behavioural analytics to look at ways of understanding and countering threats on the Internet, and how they might translate to offline action.

Currently, most of the research in the “Modelling online engagement patterns to infer risk” programme is focussed on predicting offline behaviour from online digital footprints, with a particular focus on the extreme right wing. It is seeking to synthesise insights from work on groups and identity, computational social science and models of mobilisation to build and test models for the prediction of a range of behaviours, including violent acts. You will be required to help run a large scale experiment based at Bath where we seek to predict a range of outcomes and decisions based on group behaviours in a bespoke online setting. Key tasks will include recruitment of participants, managing the experiments and data preparation. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to dissemination activities.  

These are full time (36.5 / 1 FTE), fixed term contracts for 7 months in the first instance.

About you:

You will have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Management, Behavioural Science or cognate discipline, be able to work independently and collaboratively, have experience of quantitative data analysis and/or qualitative methods and excellent communication skills.

For further information and an informal discussion about the posts please contact Adam Joinson ( However, please ensure that you submit your application through the University website.

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 recognise the commitment, achievements and talents of our workforce through our offering of initiatives and benefits, including (but not limited to):

  • Generous employer pension contributions
  • 39 days holiday (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays) (pro-rata for part time staff)
  • A flexible working environment
  • A commitment to personal and professional development
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Employee discount scheme

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.