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a) Job offers


Post: 4 posts as Lecturer or Senior Lecturer
Location: Department of Organizational Behavior of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Deadline: July 6, 2015



Social Psychologists interested in the posts below can contact Greg Maio (maio@cardiff.ac.uk) or any of the other faculty in social psychology, including Geoff Haddock (haddockGG@cardiff.ac.uk), Ulrich von Hecker (vonHeckerU@cardiff.ac.uk), Tony Manstead (MansteadA@cardiff.ac.uk), Netta Weinstein (WeinsteinN@cardiff.ac.uk), and Job van der Schalk (vanderSchalk@cardiff.ac.uk).

Cardiff University School of Psychology is seeking to appoint up to FOUR outstanding individuals at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level who can complement and extend our research strengths. We are one of the largest and best psychology departments in the UK ('Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience' at Cardiff was placed 2nd in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014). We promote interdisciplinary scientific research under four themes: Neuroscience, Developmental & Health Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social & Environmental Psychology. We welcome applicants with a strong research background or strong research potential in any area of Psychology. In addition to the open competition across any area, we are especially interested in receiving applications in the following areas to strengthen our current internationally competitive research groups working on leading-edge theoretical and applied questions across these areas:

(i) Behaviour change, particularly in the context of environmental, health, and/or social psychology.
(ii) Cognitive neuroscience of action control.
(iii) Developmental psychology.

For further details on these and our other areas of international excellence, see http://psych.cf.ac.uk/

The School of Psychology has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time

Salary Details:
£31,342 - £37,394 per annum. (Grade 6)
£39,685 - £45,954 per annum. (Grade 7)
£47,328 - £54,841 per annum. (Grade 8)

Date Advert Posted: Friday 5 June 2015

Closing date: Monday 6 July 2015

Please note the interviews have been scheduled for 14th and 15th July 2015.

The School is seeking to make an appointment at lecturer/senior lecturer level. While the decision on the successful candidate will be based on the potential demonstrated to make a full contribution to the research and learning aims of the School, the grade to which initial appointment may be made (either 6, 7 or 8) will recognise the current level of experience and performance commensurate with the role profiles for these grades.



Post: Research officer on ‘Race in the Academy’ research project (postdoc position)
Location: LSE, Department of Social Psychology
Deadline: July 29, 2015


Department of Social Psychology
Research officer on ‘Race in the Academy’ research project
Salary is competitive and not less than £33,450 to £40,462 pa inclusive
This is a fixed term full time appointment for 12 months

This is an exciting qualitative research project that will examine the factors behind the lack of black (African and Caribbean heritage) staff at the London School of Economics and other universities, and include both staff and PhD students. The project will be based in the Department of Social Psychology and make draw on expertise on the institutionalised racism, identity and agency, as well as other research insights from across the school.

The Department of Social Psychology is dedicated to consolidating and expanding the contribution of social psychology to the understanding and knowledge of key social, economic, political and cultural issues, such as intercultural relations, racism and inequality.

Candidates should have extensive knowledge on diversity management policies in education (ideally in the university sector), as well as institutionalised racism, privilege and identity processes. They should have a background in a relevant social science discipline (such as Social Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, education, management, organisational behaviour or a similar field) and be proficient in qualitative methodologies and analysis, as well as familiar with quantitative analyses of diversity. Some experience of photo-voice would be an advantage.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.
In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/Jobs. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: mailto:hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk quoting reference 1473802.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 July 2015 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.
Interview date is week commencing 14 September 2015




b) Masters and PhD positions/programs/scholarships


Location: Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Deadline: July 6, 2015


The Center for Social and Cultural Psychology (CSCP) at the University of Leuven, Belgium, invites applications for a fully funded Ph.D. student position on the project The Social Psychology of Gender Inequality: The Interaction between Stigma and Self-regulation funded by the Science Foundation of Flanders-Belgium.

Central in this project is the question how individuals respond to stigma, specifically how stigma affects self-regulation, motivation and performance. Women are still strongly underrepresented in various fields and in higher positions in society, while men continue to be underrepresented in communal roles, including health care, elementary education and in domestic and care roles at home. The project integrates research on stigma and social identity with work on self-regulation to understand processes of central relevance to women and men in these fields. The project will develop research examining self-regulation processes using a combination of field- and experimental methods, including psycho-physiological measures. The research is funded by the Science Foundation of Flanders-Belgium (FWO, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen).
The larger project of which this PhD position is a part focuses on a number of groups: young girls taking decisions with regard to math/science; working women taking decisions with regard to upward mobility and pursuing leadership positions in traditionally male-dominated fields; men making decisions with regard to communal roles on the domestic front, in health care and elementary education; new mothers and fathers making decisions with regards to work, and young low SES Muslim women taking decisions with regard to education and work. Key in the project is a consideration of women and men not as passive recipients of negative attitudes, stereotypes, and behaviors, but as active individuals pursuing multiple goals and using various strategies to maintain well-being, motivation and performance.

Development and execution of the proposed research project.
Present results at national and international conferences.
Report results in international refereed journals, leading to a dissertation.
Follow specialized courses through the research school.
Provide teaching assistance at undergraduate level and assist in the supervision of undergraduate students (10-15%).

Degree in Social sciences (A master’s degree in social (and/or organizational) psychology is preferred).
Interest and enthusiasm for conducting research on stigma, intergroup relations and self-regulation
Good research skills (experience with psycho-physiological techniques is an asset).
Good writing skills in English (and Dutch is an asset).
Good presentation skills.

The research themes at CSCP include socio-cultural processes of social identity, social inequality and intergroup relations, emotion, motivation and regulatory processes, and diversity in school and work organizations. Much of the research focuses on conditions that promote well-being, motivation and achievement of negatively stereotyped groups. The center includes approx. 17 post docs and Ph.D. students. The Center has an excellent international reputation and extensive research collaborations with social and cultural psychology groups nationally and abroad. The center provides excellent research facilities, including a state-of-the-art psycho-physiological lab. Center website: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/home/english/research/cscp.

Project-leader is Prof. dr. Colette Van Laar. The candidate will work within the Center for social and cultural psychology, and with faculty members Prof. dr. Batja Mesquita and Prof. dr. Karen Phalet. Funding is available for 4 years. The appointment is initially for the duration of 1 year (starting October 2015) and will be extended given satisfactory achievements. Salaries are more than competitive with international standards.

Application Procedure:
Interested candidates should send the following application materials to Nathalie.Vissers@ppw.kuleuven.be. Please provide a) an application letter detailing your motivation and experience also as relevant to these questions, b) your Curriculum Vitae, c) a list of your course grades, and d) two letters of recommendation from experts who can provide details of their experience with you. Applications should be in English or Dutch. Closing date for applications: July 6 2015 or until the position is filled.

For more information or for a copy of the two project proposals, please contact Nathalie Vissers at Nathalie.Vissers@ppw.kuleuven.be.



Location: CNRS Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Psychology (LAPSCO) at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
Deadline: July 16, 2015

The CNRS Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Psychology (LAPSCO) at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, is pleased to invite applications for a three-year full-time PhD (doctoral) position in social psychology.
The position is offered as part of a research project funded by the Auvergne region within the « emerging themes » program. This program was designed to support innovative collaborative work. In the present case, the project involves collaboration between LISC (Laboratoire d’Ingénierie pour les Systèmes Complexes) of the National Institute for Research in Science and technology (IRSTEA) which is the lead laboratory of the project and LAPSCO, as a partner laboratory.

The thesis will involve both qualitative and quantitative experimental research seeking to understand the role of norms and values in explaining resistance to change in a particular domain, the conversion to organic farming.
The need to moove toward the construction of a society that is respectful of the environnment and its biodiversity is one of the most central question of our times. This question implies important changes in our ways of living. Why do some individuals embrace this change while others resist ? The thesis will seek to understand how the value system of an individual and group norms interact to determine behavioral adaptation in a rapidly changing social and political context. It will also involve participation in a research team with members of LISC that will concurrently develop and test an understanding of how opinion dynamics can evolve over time using agent-based modeling.
Requirements for this position include knowledge of the field of social psychology obtained following a relevant university program, abilities in research methods and statistics as well as working knowledge of French and English in order to be involved with a team of researchers. Knowledge of agant-based modeling is a plus.

Interested candidates should send by e-mail for July 10 2015 :
- a Curriculum Vitae
- a letter explaining the reason for their interest
- their academic record (incuding specification about their diploma)
- an example of their scientific production (research paper, thesis, publications, etc.)

This application should be transmitted by e-mail to : serge.guimond@univ-bpclermont.fr & Michel.STREITH@univ-bpclermont.fr with « PH D THESIS 2015 » in the title of the message.

Selected candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible, ideally next July 16, by a commission of the Doctoral School in Social Sciences and Humanities of the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand

For more information about the details of this position and about the 2 laboratories involved, please see the following web sites : http://www.auvergnesciences.com/?post_type=appel-projet&p=4365; http://lapsco.univ-bpclermont.fr/; http://www.irstea.fr/lisc



Post: Position as Doctoral Student
Location: The Social Cognition Center Cologne, Germany
Deadline: July 19, 2015

The Social Cognition Center Cologne is offering a position as Doctoral Student. The position is part of a research project on status-related emotions (envy and pride) by Jan Crusius and Jens Lange and planned for three years. It is embedded in a vibrant research environment.

For further details, see

We encourage international applications, speaking German is not a requirement.



Post: Funded PhD studentships
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline: July 19, 2015


The Lisbon PhD in Social Psychology (LiSP) is an FCT-funded doctoral program that brings together the three existing Doctoral programs in Social Psychology in Lisbon (from ISCTE-IUL, University of Lisbon and ISPA IU).

3 reasons to do a PhD in Social Psychology:

1) Social Psychology as a discipline is consistently at the forefront of the scientific understanding and study of individual and collective behavior.

2) It provides you with the opportunity to specialize in a scientific domain that inspires other fields such as economy, political science and marketing and is now changing our views about health and education, influencing related policies.

3) Social Psychology addresses the most pressing issues of modern changing societies: conflicts in diverse societies and within the new international dynamics, how people accept and conform to social inequalities, socially critical decision making in asymmetrical contexts, etc.

3 reasons to apply for a LiSP PhD:

1) LiSP brings together teams and institutions of Excellency in a cooperative and friendly endeavor.

2) Within LiSP, you are able to benefit from the infrastructure and scientific events of all involved institutions.

3) LiSP provides an highly international forum for discussing emergent topics in social psychology.

Applications for program and 4 fully funded positions*
FCT - Funded Inter-University Program

*Applications until the 19th of July , 2015.



Research Master's programme in Psychology
Location: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Research Master's programme in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam

Students interested in pursuing a career in science are encouraged to apply to our two-year Research Master in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam . Students choose from six specialisations in Psychology, one as their major and one as their minor. Students compile their own individual programme of study so that it suits their experience, ambitions, talents and interest. The programme has an international orientation. All courses are taught in English, by prominent scientists, and each year students take part in seminars on cutting edge developments in Psychology, offered by internationally renowned scholars. Moreover, students are actively involved in research themselves.

The programme offers a series of advanced courses on research methods and statistics, programming skills and scientific writing an presenting skills. On a theoretical level, students will attend specialised courses in at least two areas of Psychology. Students opting for a major in Social Psychology  can combine this with a minor in any of the five remaining research areas offered by the Psychology Department at the University of Amsterdam : Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychological Methods, Psychonomics and Work and Organizational Psychology. All these programmes received good to excellent ratings in the recent research appraisal. Combining a major in Social Psychology with a minor an another area, allows students to put the study of Social Psychology into a broader scientific context and stimulates them to pursue research that uses different methods and extends beyond the boundaries of the discipline. For example, the available resources in neuroimaging (fMRI), virtual reality and physiological measures can provide students with valuable methodological knowledge. Apart from taking courses, students engage in two research projects, at least one of them resulting in a report in the form of a publishable journal article. The goal of the programme is to furnish its graduates with a profound education and research experience in cutting edge psychological research. It seeks to prepare students for a scientific career, within or outside a university setting. On the following site http://www.student.uva.nl/msc-psychology you can find relevant information about the programme, you can download the digital course catalogue and find information about the application procedure.







Last update: July 1, 2015