Research Fellow in Psychology Ref 4082

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: Full time or part time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 2 years
Reference: 4082
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  6 July 2020
Closing date:  5 August 2020   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 12 August 2020
Expected start date:1 September 2020

Job description 

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is seeking applications for a post-doctoral research fellow for two years, starting on 1 September 2020.

The successful candidate will coordinate the Sussex part of the project ‘Threat, identity, and dissent: Understanding and addressing political polarization in European democracies’ (see  She/he will be supervised by Dr Matthew Easterbrook and work in close collaboration with colleagues in Groningen, Tilburg, Brussels, Clermont-Ferrand, Granada, and Warsaw.

The project aims to understand political polarization in Europe by investigating belief systems among different groups in the population. We will investigate how identities and threat combine to generate polarized attitudes, and how belief systems vary across countries and over time.

Correlational class analysis (in R) and experiments that test causal effects of identities and threats will be used to explore this and help to understand and identify solutions to overcome polarization.

Please contact Dr Matt Easterbrook ( for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex celebrates and promotes diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

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How to apply

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