The Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time research associate to work with Professor Harriet Over on a European Research Council (ERC) funded project called “MINDTOMIND: The cultural transmission of intergroup bias”. In this project, we seek to understand the ways in which human psychology contributes to discrimination.
The post will involve contributing to the design of experimental research, programming online experiments, collecting data from adults, and helping to write-up research for publication.
One focus of the project will be the extent to which dehumanisation and objectification contribute to intergroup harm. A commonly held view within social psychology is that certain groups are often perceived as less than human and that, as a result, they are vulnerable to harm. Recently this view has been critiqued and it has been suggested that apparent evidence for dehumanisation from lab-based studies might often be better explained by ingroup preference and stereotyping. The successful applicant will work on projects that seek to test between these competing explanations in different situations.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on the subject of their PhD/recent research and how their experience and would help them contribute to the project.
The starting salary is £35,308 - £36,333. The appointment is available from 1st September 2023 – 30th November 2024
Interview date: To be confirmed
For informal enquiries: please contact Harriet Over (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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