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Research Fellow in Applied Psychology

School of Psychology

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £34,804 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 27 February 2020
Closing Date:  Thursday 27 August 2020
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  013220

Start date: January 2021 (still to be confirmed)
Duration: 24 months

Work place:The job will be split across two sites. The first being the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH. The second being Whiteley Village, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 4EH.

Interview date: September 2020

The Project & the Role

We are excited to advertise a postdoctoral position for a two-year project in partnership with The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well. This project aims to encourage nature-engagement among older people to support their health and wellbeing. This will be done by developing nature-conservation activities with older people that are tailored to their needs and abilities.All data will be collected at Whiteley Village, a thriving retirement village which houses approximately 500 residents, and is set in 225 acres of beautiful natural gardens and woodland. This project aims to encourage use of this outdoor space to help support the health and wellbeing of residents. The postholder will work with residents, local gardening teams and members of the management team to develop the interventions and test their impact on a range of outcomes such as residents’ mood, cognitive functioning, sense of purpose, levels of social contact and physical activity. The outcomes of the study will be used to develop guidelines for the development of further nature-based interventions that can benefit a wide range of older people and can be implemented by different (conservation and care) organisations to support their work.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with excellent data analysis and communication skills, both verbal and written (as evidenced by authorship of peer-reviewed publications), who is both able to work independently and liaise with colleagues. Your PhD would ideally be in Psychology, but related disciplines may be considered (e.g. Behavioural Sciences, Health Science, and Social Science). As empirical research will be undertaken in a retirement village the individual must have an interest in working with older people and be sensitive to their needs and abilities. You should be able and willing to travel to and from the University and Whiteley Village and ideally have access to your own mode of transport. Prior experience in working with older people is not necessary but would be a bonus.

The University of Surrey

The postholder will be supervised by a team of academic experts in Whiteley Village and the University of Surrey. The post-holder will be primarily based in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey and will be part-based at Whiteley Village as the needs of the project require.

The University of Surrey is an ambitious, research-led organization. We are committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment. The School currently houses 500+ UG students, 100+ Masters and 150+ taught Doctorate and PhD students and more than 70 staff.

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions via the University’s Superannuation Scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement, an attractive research environment and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefitting from excellent rail and road connections.

If you have any questions about the role you can contact the principal investigator Dr Birgitta Gatersleben (b.gatersleben@surrey.ac.uk). Candidates will be invited to visit Whiteley village on the morning of the interview, with the interviews taking place at the University of Surrey in the afternoon.

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