This is a rare opportunity for a talented and motivated postdoctoral fellow to work for three years across a range of environmental psychology studies. You will be joining the University of Surrey’s Environmental Psychology Research Group (EPRG), where you will begin by setting up and running studies on people’s understanding and conservation of energy and water in domestic and/or commercial settings. There is some flexibility in what exactly will be studied over the course of the three years and the expectation is that the overall programme of research will be jointly developed by you and Prof. Ian Walker. As such, there are opportunities to broaden out into other sustainablity domains such as travel behaviour, healthy indoor environments, and ewaste reduction. The work will be theoretically grounded, likely with reference to non-rational determinants of behaviour like habits, social norms, social practices and identity. A particular goal will be to quantify the relative importance of psychological and situational influences on sustainable behaviours and translate the findings into forms useful for policymakers.

A notable feature of this position will be the chance to test theoretically informed behavioural interventions using objective measures of behavioural outcomes within real-world settings, in part thanks to the University of Surrey’s Living Lab. You will have a key role in planning and designing studies and will be in charge of their day-to-day running. Strong quantitative research skills will be essential, and there will be the opportunity to work with large secondary datasets. You will need to be a good communicator, able to work with and disseminate to both academic and non-academic audiences. You will have a PhD in Psychology or a related subject, ideally with a focus on sustainable behaviour – although a background in health psychology or applied social psychology might also fit. Good statistical skills are necessary, ideally with the ability to work in R. There will be a focus on open and replicable research methods throughout.

Deadline is Sunday 26 September 2021.

You can find additional information and apply here.