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Research Associate in The Political/Social Psychology of China and the World
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-018016

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/02/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Manchester China Institute

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Available from September 2022 for 24 months (with 9-month probation)

School / Directorate: School of Social Sciences

The Manchester China Institute (MCI) seeks to appoint a two-year Research Associate in the Political/Social Psychology of China and the World, commencing September 2022. 

You will be based in the Lee Kai Hung Postdoctoral College at MCI, and work independently and in small teams under the supervision of the MCI director. You will possess a PhD or equivalent in politics or psychology, and have the ability to produce world-class research. Knowledge of Chinese and China is desired but not required. Slight preference will be given to research that can demonstrate impact beyond academia.

The Manchester China Institute seeks to improve mutual understanding in UK-China relations. It supports a vibrant China studies research community at the global top-30 University of Manchester, which boasts the largest Chinese student population (8,000!) of any university in Europe. Manchester is also home to the second largest Chinese community in the UK.

Ongoing social/political psychology projects in MCI’s research lab include 1) how gendered stereotypes of race shape patterns of racial prejudice, discrimination, and aggression against Asian and Black men, 2) how contacts between Anglo and Chinese students on and near campus shape intergroup bias, 3) the drivers of global views of China, and 4) the political psychology of cross-Strait (Mainland-Taiwan) relations. The appointed postdoc may contribute to these projects and potentially commence another. 

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As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Peter Gries

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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