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Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Human Animal Interactions

Department of Life Sciences

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £35,333 pro rata
Please note this role is fixed term until 31 May 2023, and part time at 0.4 FTE.
Closing Date:   Monday 22 August 2022
Interview Date:   Wednesday 31 August 2022
Reference:  COS904

An exciting part-time (0.4FTE) opportunity has arisen at the University of Lincoln for a researcher interested in animal welfare.

A current key animal welfare concern is the increasing popularity of brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs. Despite the efforts of working groups and a number of campaigns, little progress has been made in reducing demand for this breed. This multidisciplinary study will identify how potential owners become attracted to these breeds, despite their recognised problems, and how they reconcile these issues.

The project is being financially supported by The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and academically by animal welfare experts, psychologists,  and academics with expertise in marketing from the Universities of Lincoln, York and Nottingham.  This project is a unique opportunity to help lay the foundation for more effective educational material and campaign strategies designed to promote responsible dog ownership.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong background in human psychology. They will be able to work remotely for the majority of the time, but must be available to travel to Lincoln on an occasional basis at their own expense. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with expertise in mixed-methods research, cognitive psychology (particularly dissonance), human behaviour change and/or consumer behaviour.

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