Post-doctoral Fellow, Political Science at the Centre for the Politics of Feelings

London, United Kingdom
£36,938 to £40,151 per annum - including London Allowance
Jun 18, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jul 12, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Psychology

Location:  Other
Salary:  £36,938 to £40,151 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Monday 12 July 2021
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  0621-188

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (24-36 months)

The new interdisciplinary Centre for the Politics of Feelings (, a partnership between the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London, is hiring a Post-doctoral Fellow in Political Science. The Fellow will have the opportunity to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary research project that is aligned with the Centre’s research aims.

The Centre for the Politics of Feelings will address, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, how affect and emotions and their underlying neurophysiological mechanisms shape political behaviour in intricate couplings with rationality, as well as how politics shapes and exploits affect and emotions.

This Fellowship is addressed to early career applicants (post-docs with PhD completed prior to commencement) with a focus on political psychology and/or social-affective neuroscience. The fellowships are available from September 1st 2021 or soon thereafter, for a period of two to three years and present an exciting opportunity for the successful applicants to undertake novel research in the areas of affect, emotions and politics.

We want to support successful candidates to pursue their own research agenda in the field of emotions and politics. And we also expect them to collaborate with the Director of the Centre and the other fellows on joint research projects. We therefore invite applicants to submit with their fellowship applications a research proposal where they will present a project that falls within the broad remit of the Centre’s scope.

Examples of Themes about the Centre’s focus can be found here. These themes represent some illustrative examples that could be explored by the Centre’s first cohort of fellows. Applicants should not feel obliged to address any of these particular themes in their project proposals, but the expectation is that all proposals will address a topic that considers the relation between emotions and politics.

What we can offer you?

  • Freedom and the intellectual and financial support to pursue your intellectual interests as presented in your proposal and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Mentoring by members of our Advisory Board and the Director of the Centre in preparation of your next career steps
  • Networking opportunities with a range of academic and non-academic stakeholders
  • Leadership and Management Training courses offered by the partnering Institutions
  • Annual travel budget for conferences, workshops, dissemination activities and networking
  • A stimulating intellectual environment at the School of Advanced Study and Royal Holloway University of London

Who are we looking for? We are looking for candidates who:

  • Share the Centre’s vision for interdisciplinary research on the politics of feelings. They should have an ability to bring innovative research ideas to the Centre, and to turn research ideas into impactful projects. Ideally, candidates will have already engaged with networks beyond their expertise (e.g. academics beyond their discipline, as well as non-academic users and/or the general public )
  • Possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study, and have sufficient specialist knowledge and methodological skills that reflect the state-of-the-art in their respective disciplines
  • Have a track record of excellent research in their discipline assessed by the quality rather than the quantity of published work
  • Have a record of interdisciplinary interests and/or research
  • Can develop and lead independently on research projects and proposals
  • Can identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of attracting additional grants.
  • Will be physically present for the term of their fellowship, actively contribute to the overall research of Centre, and establish collaborations with other fellows and the broader community at the Centre such as the advisory board and associate fellows, the partnering Institutions (School of Advanced Study & Royal Holloway, University of London),  and beyond.
  • Have a proven ability to disseminate research in a range of audiences in written or other formats
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English is advantageous

How to apply? 

Applications must contain the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Motivational cover letter, highlighting, in particular, what you can bring to, and expect from a fellowship at the Centre (maximum 2 pages)
  • CV (maximum 4 pages) that includes education, professional experience,  publication list, dissemination activities, interdisciplinary track record (if applicable).
  • Project proposal (maximum 5 pages) that presents the project you would like to develop at the Centre over a period of two years. You must consider the research question and key objectives, your interdisciplinary approach, the proposed methodology , and expected outcomes ;
  • Work plan, timeline and budget for the project (maximum 1 page)
  • All files (i.e. cover letter, CV, project proposal, work plan) should be merged into one single pdf file with the applicant’s surname as filename and submitted online alongside the application form.

Location : Centre for the Politics of Feelings, Senate House, University of London

Application process : Applications must be submitted via the apply button at the bottom of this advert

Interview:  Due to Covid restrictions, interviews will be conducted online in July 2021.

If you have any questions on this call or the application process, please get in touch with Professor Manos Tsakiris via e-Mail:

Please quote the reference: 0621-188
Closing Date:   Midnight, 12 July 2021  
Interview Date: July 2021