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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

19.04.2022, by Hannah Schäfer

Durham University, UK
Application deadline: May 2nd, 2022

Logo: Durham University
Logo: Durham University

A 24 month fixed term, full time Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available. The successful candidate will join the project “Solitude as Opportunity for Rest in Everyday Life of Adults across the Lifespan”, which is led by Dr. Thuy-vy Nguyen in the Department of Psychology and funded by the UKRI ESRC New Investigator grant. The aim of this project is to understand how life transitions during adulthood post new challenges around the time that we spend alone.

This project will be consisted of a qualitative phase, a quantitative phase, and an intervention phase, with two key objectives: 1) Objective 1 is to investigate how norms and attitudes around solitude vary depending on where a person is in his or her life, during transition to university, transition to motherhood, and transition to retirement. 2) Objective 2 is to implement an intervention that improves people's experiences with solitude by testing the effectiveness of theoretically driven motivational strategies to increase participants' perceived autonomy and competence around their solitary experiences.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the PDRA will be expected to undertake activities such as: literature reviewing, preparing documentation for ethical approvals, designing interview protocols, working with project partners (County Durham Sport, AgeUK Teesside, MAMS Network) to recruit participants, designing and piloting surveys, training undergraduate and postgraduate RAs to collect data, analysing data in accordance with the data analysis plan, processing and archiving data in accordance to the Data Management Plan, contributing to drafting and writing reports and academic papers, and assisting with organising meetings with participants to deliver intervention and project partners to present the results.

The successful candidate will have a strong academic track-record, including experience in designing, carrying out, analysing and interpreting and communicating high quality research. Experience with quantitative methods and statistical analysis is essential and experience with qualitative and mixed methods approaches is desirable.

For more information about the project and how to apply please see here:

Closing date 02-May-2022, 11:59:00 PM
For informal enquiries please contact
Dr Thuy-vy Nguyen