Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Plymouth, Devon (GB)
Up to £32,000 per annum
01 Mar 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Summary:

We’re looking for an ambitious researcher to join our established research team. We specialise work in the domain of philanthropy and are the home of the new discipline of philanthropic psychology. Our interests lie in the development of philanthropy around the world, but doing so by attending to the quality of the donor experience. We study how giving can contribute to the psychological wellbeing of supporters and how enhancing that can in turn increase giving.

We’re looking for a confident data analyst and thus someone who can be responsible for the design and management of a wide range of field and lab-based experimental research programs. You will be capable of analysing complex datasets, leading on the publication of results and disseminating the results to both academic and professional audiences. You will also be involved in the development and delivery of educational programmes (using our results) in the fields of philanthropy, fundraising and psychology. Some international travel may be required for conferences and other events.

Our ideal candidate will have completed their Phd and had experience of working as part of a team in an academic research setting. We would also be interested in hearing from candidates with a background in commercial marketing research noting our requirement that good quantitative skills are essential.

About Us

We are a small team of academic researchers that are passionate about philanthropy and growing individual giving around the world. What is different about us is our approach. We care deeply about the donor experience of giving and growing philanthropy by enhancing the quality of that experience. We believe that if it feels better to give, people will give more and give for longer. And that is exactly what our research data now indicates.

The Institute is an independent charity registered in England and Wales and conducts scientific research funded by grants or client projects. We specialise in field experiments with charity communications, but we also conduct large scale survey work with individual donors. We also have a philanthropic psychology lab where we are able to develop new theories and ideas that can subsequently be tested in field settings.

We work with nonprofits all around the world and clients have included the NPR, PBS, Goodwill Industries, USA for UNHCR, Teach for America, RNLI, Tearfund, Save the Children, WWF, British Heart Foundation, Greenpeace, the British Columbian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and UNICEF.

The Institute also provides educational programming, offering a Certificate in Philanthropic Psychology and a Certificate in Fundraising Copywriting. We also offer a range of webinars and teach programmes for clients in Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and the USA.

As an academic institute we also strive to achieve publication in the leading scientific journals. Recent “hits” have included the Journal of Marketing Research and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The detailed CVs of our team are available on our website. Although we’re a small team we punch above our weight in terms of both publications and impact.

Our Ideal Candidate Profile

Essential Knowledge, Education & Training:

PhD in psychology, marketing, or other relevant field

Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint

Advanced knowledge of SPSS, Stata, R and PROCESS modelling

Desirable Experience:

Evidence of publications in 3, 4 or 4* equivalent journals

Experience in analysing large-scale client databases

Experience of designing, implementing and analysing experimental, implicit, and survey research methods.

Significant experience of undertaking applied qualitative and quantitative research projects

Demonstrable experience of working to deadlines.

Desirable Skills:

Use of a wide range of research methods and techniques

Use of a range of statistical analysis techniques

A high level of organisational and planning skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to use initiative in problem-solving and identifying solutions and actions.

Ability to work well within a team as well as independently.

Understanding of and respect for confidentiality

Closing Date: 31st March 2021 To apply please forward a CV and letter of application outlining how you meet the criteria listed above to  For an informal conversation you are welcome to call Prof Jen Shang on ++44 (0)7808 224968.