Postdoctoral Researcher on Freedom of Religion or Belief, University of Oxford — LIMITE : 15/02/2021

Postdoctoral Researcher on Freedom of Religion or Belief
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE
Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 p/a

The post holder is a member of a research group with responsibility for carrying out research for the Freedom of Religion or Belief Leadership Network (FoRBLN), an international programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The project looks at the role FoRB plays in creating stable, cohesive societies. The specific focus is on how awareness of FoRB amongst societal leaders contributes to societal cohesiveness. The project focuses on 8 countries in West Africa, East Africa, and South Asia.

As the postdoctoral researcher, you will gather data from parliamentarians and faith leaders as well as grass-roots communities to investigate group alignments and the nature of societal hostility towards individuals on the grounds of their religion or belief and group identity. This will contribute to the development of an 8-country Volatility Index and of interventions focusing on barrier-crossing leadership.

You will assist the Project Leaders in the design and implementation of cross-cultural experiments and surveys as well as with all administrative aspects of experimental and survey-based psychological research, including ethical approval, participant recruitment, and research assistant training. You will conduct data analysis, contribute to report writing, to the writing of additional grant applications and present findings through academic lectures and seminars.

You will have completed or be in the final stages toward a PhD in Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology, Cognitive Anthropology, or a related discipline. You will have the ability and willingness to travel for substantial periods of time for fieldwork and have substantial experience in designing and conducting lab and/or field experiments, in psychology, behavioural economics, or related social science methodologies.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 12 months. An extension of the post might be possible, depending on funding. The start date is 1st March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 15th February 2021. The interview will take place remotely in the week commencing 22nd February 2021. Candidates invited to an interview will need equipment and internet connection suitable for a video call.

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