Post-doc Research Fellow, School of Psychology

University College Dublin
Dublin, Leinster (IE)
€39,522 - €45,610
13 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Psychology

GENERATION PEACE is an interdisciplinary, multilevel project with three goals. First, to identify which factors and conditions predict youth peacebuilding, or persistent prosocial action ranging from helping outgroup members to participation in nonviolent social movements. Second, to assess the long-term, generational impact of youth peacebuilding across the globe. Third, the project's unique analytical approach integrates interdisciplinary frameworks from developmental psychology and peacebuilding, which will ultimately be synthesised into a comprehensive model of youth peacebuilding. To achieve these goals, the project measures constructs at different levels (individual, societal, cross national).

To assess causal processes and change over time, the project combines cross-cultural qualitative focus groups, a longitudinal survey, and field experiments, with historical cross-national data. The project's case selection also provides strategic variability, including both conflict-affected countries, with varying intensities of violence and time since peace agreements (e.g. Colombia, Israel, Northern Ireland), and non-conflict countries (e.g. Switzerland; all UN member states).

In addition, the field experiments compare real social groups to `novel' groups; this design enables teasing apart commonalities and specificity across individuals, groups, and contexts. The inclusive age span (ages 14-24) not only examines changes and processes across traditional developmental periods, such as adolescence and young adulthood, but also across generations using historical data. The complementary approaches to age and time allow for measuring change at the pace that change unfolds. Over 60% of armed conflicts reoccur; the seed of future conflict is sown even as a peace agreement is signed. The cyclical nature of war, calls for a focus on youth who can disrupt this pattern. GENERATION PEACE offers a new way to approach the research challenge: Youth are a driver, rather than an indicator, of peace.

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching. The role is centred around developing and managing research operations of GENERATION PEACE at UCD.

Across the funded period (a total of 4-years) these operations include, but are not limited, data management and e-infrastructure systems, ethics applications, fieldwork preparation, Qualtrics programming, training and supervision of data collection assistants in four sites, GENERATION PEACE communications strategy, recruitment and supervision of GENERATION PEACE research assistants and coders, GUIDE risk management strategy, budget tracking, and Open Science and policy engagement.

A hybrid working arrangement is possible with a minimum of three days per week in office required. The successful applicant will be expected to live in or nearby Dublin. Commuting internationally or long distance is not appropriate for the role.

In line with the Research Careers Development framework, the successful applicant will be able to organise their own time effectively to manage the tasks of the GENERATION PEACE project in combination with continuing their own research programme in collaboration with the Principal Investigator.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Principal Investigator's Helping Kids! lab ( and will be given opportunities to supervise research students and teach / tutor on academic modules, in line with their level of experience. Supports will also be given for international travel as part of GENERATION PEACE, and for annual attendance at an international conference. The preferred start date for the role is September 1st. However, it may be possible for the successful applicant to negotiate a later start date with the latest start possible being January 2023.

Post Doc Level 1 Salary Scale: €39,522 - €45,610 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 20th July 2022

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: