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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Department and Project

The Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time research associate to work with Dr 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, testing adult and child participants, and helping to write-up the research for publication. A background in social and/or developmental psychology is essential for the role.

One focus of the project is on the extent to which dehumanisation contributes to intergroup harm. A commonly held view within social psychology is that outgroups are often dehumanised and that, as a result, they are vulnerable to harm. Recently this view has been critiqued and it has been suggested that much of the apparent evidence for dehumanisation from lab-based studies might be better explained by intergroup preference and stereotyping. Other aspects of the project focus on stereotyping and mental state reasoning in intergroup contexts.

This is a fixed term contract for 2 years.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • PhD, or nearly completed PhD, in psychology or a closely related discipline
  • Knowledge of developmental and/or social psychology
  • Knowledge of a range of quantitative research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of research on social learning, face perception, intergroup biases and/or dehumanisation
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Experience of writing up and submitting research for publication

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on the subject of their PhD/recent research and how their experience would help them contribute to the project

Condition of Employment

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.  

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Harriet Over on

Athena Gold 2017 




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