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Research Associate

Salary:   £28,756 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Monday 08 August 2022
Interview Date:   Tuesday 23 August 2022
Reference:  0630-22

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a full time Research Assistant to help us deliver “The Psychology of Interoperability: Building Better Multi-Agency Counter-Terrorism Training” research project. The post is contingent upon external funding, which is available for 11 months.

This Project is funded by the ESRC’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), who fund behavioural and social science research into security threats: (

This exciting applied research project will bring together psychologists and emergency service workers to understand the psychological processes involved in interoperability, defined as the ability for responders to work together coherently as a multi-agency team. It will involve a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods to first explore interoperability and then design and test an innovative training intervention (drawing on social identity theory) to improve it. Outputs from this research will help to us to build a better understanding of the psychology of interoperability and inform future training needs in the emergency services.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a degree in social psychology (or related discipline) and experience working in applied research settings.
  • Have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and experience conducting research interviews.
  • Be able to work as part of a team and liaise directly with the Steering Group to recruit participants and collect data.
  • An understanding of organisational training methods and experience of disseminating research findings to practitioners would also be advantageous.

The post will include assisting with the day-to-day running of the project; collaboration with research partners and Steering Group; working with stakeholders and research participants; conducting qualitative and quantitative research; and supporting academic and practitioner dissemination of research findings.


  • Generous holiday leave - 25 days (pro-rata) annual leave plus University closure days and bank holidays.
  • Access to employee pension scheme, and annual flexible benefits scheme.
  • We are committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across the Faculty, and supporting family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.

The Psychology Department is a busy teaching and research active Department. It is home to a friendly group of over 40 Academic staff, with teams of Research and Professional Services and Technical staff. The Department supports a large cohort of Undergraduate students; a thriving group of Masters and Postgraduate research students; and a wide range of research projects including several cross-institution grants. There are four research groups (Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and Action, Social Processes). 

The Department hosts an extensive array of labs and technologies to support research in social processes, security and forensic psychology. These include state-of-the-art motion tracking technology for measuring real-time nonverbal behaviour and nonverbal mimicry. We also have new video analysis lab dedicated to the analysis of large corpuses of CCTV (and other types of digital visual data). The Department has a strong track record of developing novel mobile and lab- based methods:

Further information about the Department is available at:

Please upload a cover letter with your application.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups, and for this full time post, we expect a start date by early October 2022.

This is a full time post. You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role is subject to funding, which is currently only available until the end of August 2023.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Dr Nicola Power (

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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