Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology

London, United Kingdom
£36,438 to £40,721 per annum - including London Allowance
25 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Psychology

Location:  Other
Salary:  £36,438 to £40,721 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 07 December 2021
Reference:  1021-416

Full-Time, Fixed-Term

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

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Psychology Department.

Research Areas: Political Psychology, Affective Neuroscience, Political Science or Computational Social Sciences

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 up to two Post-doctoral Researchers. 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.

Applicants should have completed their PhD and conducted their research in one of the following areas:  Political Psychology, Social-Affective Neuroscience, Quantitative Political Science or Computational Social Sciences. The researchers will have the opportunity to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary research project that is aligned with the Centre’s research aims. The posts are available from December 1st 2021 or soon thereafter, for a period of up to two years and present an exciting opportunity for the successful applicants to undertake novel research in the areas of affect, emotions and politics.

What we can offer you?

  • Freedom and the intellectual and financial support to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research in the research area of emotions and politics.
  • 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. 
  • Possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study (i.e. Political Psychology, Social-affective Neuroscience, Quantitative Political Science, Computational Social Sciences), 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 quantitative research in their discipline assessed by the quality rather than the quantity of published work
  • 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.
  • 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:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Motivational cover letter, highlighting, in particular, what you can bring to, and expect from a fellowship at the Centre (maximum 2 pages)
  3. CV (maximum 4 pages) that includes education, professional experience, publication list, dissemination activities, interdisciplinary track record (if applicable).

All files (i.e. cover letter, CV) 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

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

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

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:  

Please quote the reference: 1021-416

Closing Date: Midnight, 7th December 2021 

Interview Date: Online, December 2021

Further details:    Job Description     Person Specification    

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