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Senior Research Associate - "Citizen Forensics"

Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Sunday 24 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3554

We invite applications for this post to help us deliver the final stages of the ‘Citizen Forensics’ research project.   

‘Citizen Forensics’ is a 3-year EPSRC funded programme of interdisciplinary research that has been exploring the challenges that underlie modern policing in a socio-technical world.  The project brings together a multi-disciplinary research team, combining expertise in technology with an enhanced understanding of the psychology of how communities, the police and technologies interact, and the effect of this can have on the practice of policing and the lives of citizens.   

You will have (or will be about to be awarded) a PhD in social psychology (or related discipline) in a topic area related to police-citizen interactions.  

The post will include day-to-day management of the project; collaboration with interdisciplinary research partners; working with stakeholders and research participants. 

You will be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. You will be able to work at the interface of psychology and technology, and have expertise in both qualitative and qualitative methods. 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Prof Mark Levine

You will be based in the Psychology Department at Lancaster University, which is home to Undergraduate Teaching, Postgraduate teaching and research, has a core complement of more than 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, based in 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 stateof-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: (  

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 31 August 2022 

The Department of Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is committed to Lancaster University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and Widening Participation. We seek to provide a work environment that strongly supports women in academia and the individual needs of each employee, that promotes a healthy work-life balance, and we welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.  

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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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