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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Post-Doctoral Researcher

22.12.2019, by Tina Keil

EASADE Business School, Spain
Application deadline: January 19th, 2020

Logo: ESADE Ramon Llull University
Logo: ESADE Ramon Llull University

Project “Preventing discrimination and far-right attitudes in Spain”

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Researcher at ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, to work on a project entitled “Preventing discrimination and far-right attitudes in Spain” funded by the LaCaixa Social Research Programme. The successful candidate will work closely together with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Katharina Schmid.

The Post-Doc will join a highly active and interdisciplinary research environment, and will also be part of the ESADE Decision Lab.

The position is full-time, for a duration of 18 months in the first instance (with the possibility of renewal). The position is based at the ESADE Sant Cugat campus (a short Metro ride outside the city of Barcelona), with an annual salary of €30.000 (gross). The position includes a travel budget for conference attendance. Fringe benefits include free shuttle-bus service between the Barcelona and Sant Cugat campuses, subsidized lunch, and generous holiday entitlement.

Project Overview and Job Responsibilities

Spain has recently witnessed a surge in far-right attitudes, similar to many other European countries. The project “Preventing discrimination and far-right attitudes in Spain” aims to address this societal challenge by seeking to identify potential risk factors of such negative, far-right attitudes among the general population more widely, as well as strategies for preventing discrimination of minority or disadvantaged groups. To that end, the project will use an innovative design that bridges current insights from the fields of psychology, political science, sociology and behavioural economics, and that triangulates three unique quantitative data collection methods (i.e., a general population survey, an implicit association test, and a series of experiments).

The project will focus on key antecedents of discrimination and far-right attitudes, as well as strategies to prevent such negative attitudes, alongside previously unexplored conditional factors. The focus of the project is on attitudes toward immigrants, but attitudes towards other disadvantaged and/or minority groups that are prominent in the current far-right discourse in Spain (e.g., attitudes toward Muslims and women) are also considered. In so doing the results of this project will offer vital new insights and recommendations both for academics and for policy makers and other key stakeholders seeking to prevent discrimination, social exclusion and far-right extremism.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Design of surveys and experimental studies
  • Management of data collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Co-authorship of academic articles (including first authored publications)
  • Preparation of deliverables for grant funding body
  • Overseeing the day-to-day running of the project

Job Requirements

It is essential that the candidate holds a PhD in Psychology, the Social Sciences, or a closely related field.
The candidate must have excellent quantitative analytical skills, including knowledge of advanced statistical software packages (e.g., Mplus, R), and should further have experience in both survey and experimental work.

Desirable criteria include knowledge of extant social psychological work on intergroup attitudes and intergroup relations, including work on implicit attitudes. Being able to speak Spanish is beneficial, though not essential for the position.


Interested candidates should submit a current CV, a motivation letter outlining their suitability for this position, and contact details of two academic referees who have agreed to provide a reference.

Please send your applications via email to Katharina Schmid (, clearly stating “Post-doctoral Researcher” in the subject matter of the email.

Deadline for applications is the 19 January 2020.
The starting date for the position is 02 March 2020, or shortly thereafter.