Research Associate in Evidence Communication (Fixed Term)


University of Cambridge


Cambridge, UK


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, working on the communication of evidence for policy-makers and voters. We are particularly interested in how findings from research into evidence communication for individual-level decision-making can be applied to policy-level decisions.

The Winton Centre's work is predominantly translational, and the post-holder will be working on practical applications with collaborators such as the UK What Works Centres and similar organisations worldwide. However, the close relationship with the Department of Psychology ensures that we also advance the basic psychological dimensions underlying how evidence is used in policy-making.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The researcher will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, to communicate with diverse stakeholders and manage a busy contact list. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of research assistants, and there are opportunities to provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars for students if the postholder wishes, although teaching is not a formal part of the job. 

The ideal candidate will have a range of research skills including reviewing literature; designing and implementing experimental and correlational studies; experience with diverse research methods; and analysing complex data. They must have, or be about to receive, a PhD in psychology, behavioural science, or a closely related discipline, and have demonstrable experience of the above. This should include working independently to prepare experimental tasks, recruiting and running heterogeneous participant samples, and using a range of statistical techniques for data analysis. A real enthusiasm for doing work which will have a practical impact is vital.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Dr Alexandra Freeman ( The Centre's website is

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter (not to exceed three pages for the CV, two pages for the covering letter). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly due to the timeline.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance, starting January 2020 at the latest.

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2019 and interviews are expected to be held w/c 21 October, by video conference where necessary. 

Please quote reference LF20530 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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