University of Bath

University of Bath

Research Associate (CH11667)

United Kingdom

Closing in 11 days

Job title Research Associate

Department Psychology

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

Contract Type Full Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Monday 13 May 2024

Closing date Monday 10 June 2024

Interview date Tuesday 25 June 2024

Reference CH11667

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The Department of Psychology and the Institute for Digital Security and Behaviour at the University of Bath is seeking a Research Associate.

About the role

You will be working with the Institute for Digital Security and Behaviour (IDSB) Leadership team: co-Directors Professor Laura Smith in the Department of Psychology and Professor Adam Joinson in the School of Management, and Deputy Directors Professor David Galbreath and Dr Olivia Brown.

The IDSB is due to launch in September 2024, with the aim of solving global security challenges through world-leading, interdisciplinary, socio-technical research. It leverages and combines the University of Bath's unique expertise in behavioural and management science, international relations and policy and computer and data science. It creates a single ‘front door' for interdisciplinary academic research and collaboration with industry and government within the following themes:

  • Human, economic and organisational aspects of cyber security
  • Global politics of cyberspace
  • Online safety and harms
  • Behavioural science, digital data, national security and defence
  • Trust, identity, privacy, security and emerging and future technologies
  • In this specific role, you will support academics from multiple disciplines at the University in designing and conducting research studies that contribute towards our understanding of digital security and behaviour. This will help us to understand how humans interact with digital technologies. You will also be involved with synthesising and disseminating outputs from relevant work as part of a wider programme of research of the Institute for use by policymakers and regulators.

    The core and aligned members of the Institute participate in several major initiatives, including potentially leading projects as part of the ESRC Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+ (Discribe Hub+), the AI4CI hub, and REPHRAIN - a UKRI national research centre focusing on interdisciplinary research relating to privacy and online safety.

    As a member of Research Staff at the University of Bath, you will be encouraged to take up a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year.

    This role is offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed term basis with an expected duration of 36 months.

    About you

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is:

  • A social scientist, with a background in a relevant discipline (Psychology Social Science, or related)
  • Comfortable using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Proficient in programming/scripting languages. This might include experience using R and/or Python
  • You will ideally have experience utilising large datasets, alongside conducting experimental and naturalistic studies.
  • For informal discussions about the role please contact: Professor Laura GE Smith [email protected] or Professor Adam Joinson [email protected]

    What we can offer you:
  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details


    Research Associate (CH11667)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 10, 2024

    Job type



    Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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