Centre for Behaviour Change


Opportunities to join the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

Current opportunities

Research Fellow in Implementation Science

Closing date: Sunday 16 February (23:59 UK time)

We are recruiting for a highly motivated researcher with an interest in behaviour change, global health, maternal health, implementation science, and/or health services research to work on the E-MTOVE programme of research. This programme is led by the University of Birmingham and the CBC will be contributing to the formative research, development and piloting of the implementation co-intervention strategy, and the process evaluation alongside the cluster-RCT. Given the mixed-methods nature of the planned research this post would suit someone with strong and demonstable qualitative and quantitative research skills and experience of systematic reviews. This post is funded for three-years in the first instance reporting to the CBC's Research Lead Dr Fabiana Lorencatto, with a preferred start date of March-April 2020. Interviews are likely to be held for this post in February. Previous applicants need not apply.

More information on the post and how to apply is available here.

PhD opportunity in Climate Change Psychology/Sustainability

An opportunity exists for a research studentship in the area of climate change psychology/sustainability with the University of Central Lancashire. Please see below project details and how to apply.

  • Project title: Promoting Sustainable Consumer Choices
  • Project Description: (Background) Climate change is one of society’s most pressing challenges and yet remains fundamentally misunderstood by many citizens. The complexity of the problem makes it hard for the average individual to grasp the direct impact that their consumer choices, travel behaviour, and recycling efforts, have on our climate. Without access to more detailed information, such as life cycle analyses of products in stores, people apply a balancing heuristic to guide intuitive judgments towards what they think averages out overall as environmentally friendly behaviour. Despite this topic being actively discussed within contemporary cognitive sciences, the main focus has been on social psychology and attitude theory with comparably little attention given to cognitive processes, judgment and decision making. This PhD (via MPhil) will address these gaps via identification of the cognitive biases that contribute to poor decision making in relation to climate change and consideration of the efficacy of behavioural interventions.(Aims) Drawing on psychological theories, concepts, and methods to study human-climate interactions, the PhD asks: ‘How can sustainable choice be facilitated?’ This knowledge will be used to develop and evaluate a tool to help promote optimal choices and decisions concerning an individual’s own consumption, by making them aware of their own carbon footprint. This will build a scientific basis for education programs, communication tools, and policymaking, that promote pro-environmental behaviour, firmly grounded in knowledge about people’s behaviour and cognition. The research will combine knowledge to pinpoint the most effective behaviour change strategies in relation to climate change.
  • Supervisory team: Dr John Marsh, Dr Beth Richardson, Dr Helen Jones

The PhD (via MPhil) will be carried out in the cognition research laboratories in the Darwin Building UCLan Campus, Preston.

Applicants are required to provide supporting information as part of their application form that specifies the following:

  •  (i) how they meet the Research Student Specification;
  • (ii) their reasons and motivation for applying to study at the University of Central Lancashire;
  • (iii) their academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied.

Candidates should have (or expect to have been formally awarded) by the start date a UK Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) at 2:1 level or above in a related discipline.
EU and International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 (or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification).

Further information

Proposed Interview Date: 17 February 2020

Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably experienced researchers and practitioners who are interested in casual, contract work with the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for opportunities that may arise to help the Centre meet the demand of services in the activities of research, teaching and training and consultancy.

Key requirements for all roles

  • MSc in Behaviour Change or a closely related discipline (e.g. health psychology, economics, anthropology, sociology, health services research)
  • Demonstrated experience in literature reviews (systematic, narrative, rapid)
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Experience in coding using behaviour change frameworks and tools
  • Ability to submit ethics applications to university, health and government organisations
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Experience of using the Behaviour Change Wheel Framework and associated tools (COM-B, TDF, Intervention, and Policy Functions, Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy) in research, teaching, training and consultancy capacity

To submit your expression of interest please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk with the subject heading 'Expression of Interest' with the following:

  • CV
  • covering letter describing the activity would would like to be considered for (research, training and consultancy)

Please note that candidates can submit an expression of interest for more that one activity in the covering letter. Due to the ongoing demand for our services there is no closing date. We have short-term opportunities available for immediate start and would strongly encourage interested and available candidates to submit as soon as possible.

To view the job spec for this role, please see here:

For questions, please contract behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Student and Traineeships

There are no studentships currently available.

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