Research Associate in Solitude

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Associate in Solitude

The School of Psychology at Cardiff University is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Associate who can undertake qualitative research in the area of solitude. The successful candidate will conduct interviews with individuals from varied socioeconomic and cultural background to understand the meaning of time spent alone, and under what circumstances people flourish within this time. The post holder will also be involved in qualitative coding of data, and closely contribute to write-ups resulting from this work. This work will be conducted as part of a project funded by the ERC (SOAR: 851890). The post holder will be placed within the School of Psychology, and will be supervised by Dr Netta Weinstein.
The post is .80 FTE (28 hours per week), fixed term for 2 years and is available from 1 January 2020.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum, pro rata for hours worked (Grade 6).  It is not expected to appoint above £33,797 per annum, salary point 30.

Date Posted: Thursday, 2 January 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 19 January 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main function

To conduct qualitative research in the area of social and personality psychology for a better understanding of solitude and how it is understood and experienced. To produce written works based on insights gained from interviews.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To conduct interviews with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • To undertake qualitative analysis of interviews in support of research outputs
  • To co-produce written works, comprising a small number (2-3) of peer-reviewed journal articles ultimately feeding into a larger published work.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To analyse imagery using a visual narrative analysis approach


  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Additional Information

Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.
If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Cardiff School of Psychology

We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel.
Many individuals in the School are leading figures in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and are currently building one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see:
Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research.

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