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Research Associate

Salary:   £28,756 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Wednesday 19 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3636

We welcome applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher in the area of social sciences to join an interdisciplinary project exploring mechanisms of influence in online communities. 

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 30 November 2022

‘Detecting Hybrid Social Identities’ is an interdisciplinary project funded by CREST, the UK’s Hub for behavioural and social science research into security threats. ( The project will analyse digital data to study the interaction of social identities and influence. 

The post will include computational modelling and data analysis; collaboration with interdisciplinary research partners;  and primary authorship of research deliverables.

You will be able to work at the interface of psychology and technology, join professional meetings, CREST’s events, webinars, and resources as required. You will be based in the Psychology Department at Lancaster University. However, remote working within the UK is available for this post. 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Anastasia Kordoni,,  or Prof. Mark Levine,

The Psychology Department at Lancaster University 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 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: ( 

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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