Research Fellow: Environmental Psychology Research Group

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK 🇬🇧

Location: Guildford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 per annum
Fixed Term – 31/10/2024
Post Type: Full Time
Advert Placed: Wednesday 25 August 2021
Closing Date: Sunday 26 September 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 050921

This is a rare opportunity for a talented and motivated postdoctoral fellow to work for three years across a range of environmental psychology studies. You will be joining the University of Surrey’s Environmental Psychology Research Group (EPRG), where you will begin by setting up and running studies on people’s understanding and conservation of energy and water in domestic and/or commercial settings. There is some flexibility in what exactly will be studied over the course of the three years and the expectation is that the overall programme of research will be jointly developed by you and Prof. Ian Walker. As such, there are opportunities to broaden out into other sustainablity domains such as travel behaviour, healthy indoor environments, and ewaste reduction. The work will be theoretically grounded, likely with reference to non-rational determinants of behaviour like habits, social norms, social practices and identity. A particular goal will be to quantify the relative importance of psychological and situational influences on sustainable behaviours and translate the findings into forms useful for policymakers.

A notable feature of this position will be the chance to test theoretically informed behavioural interventions using objective measures of behavioural outcomes within real-world settings, in part thanks to the University of Surrey’s Living Lab. You will have a key role in planning and designing studies and will be in charge of their day-to-day running. Strong quantitative research skills will be essential, and there will be the opportunity to work with large secondary datasets. You will need to be a good communicator, able to work with and disseminate to both academic and non-academic audiences. You will have a PhD in Psychology or a related subject, ideally with a focus on sustainable behaviour – although a background in health psychology or applied social psychology might also fit. Good statistical skills are necessary, ideally with the ability to work in R. There will be a focus on open and replicable research methods throughout.

The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefitting from excellent rail and road connections. We arean ambitious, research-led organization, committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School has a strong track record of innovation in Psychology, from the discovery of the McGurk effect, to changing educational approaches to national identity, and the ongoing development of mobile neuro-assessment. The School currently houses 500+ UG students, 100+ Masters and 150+ taught Doctorate and PhD students and more than 70 staff. In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Ian Walker ([email protected]) if you would like further information or to discuss the post.

Further details:

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.