Job alert: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Job Alert dundee research fellow

The University of Dundee are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Human-Computer Interaction/ Psychology/ Trust/ related fields) to carry out qualitative research.

The appointment is for five months FTE, Grade 7 Spine Point 29-34 (£31,076 – £37,345), with the possibility of extending. Applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly (part-time/ remotely) will be considered.

The successful applicant will contribute to the development and testing of new theories around the establishment of trust in online contexts. Knowledge of social identities, social norms, trust and online behaviour is highly desirable. There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to develop their awareness of Blockchain technologies, de-centralised registries, cryptography and encryption.

The post is part of the project “TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry”, funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme. Full details of the project are available here.

TAPESTRY aims to investigate, develop and demonstrate transformational new technologies to enable people, businesses and digital services to connect safely online, exploiting the complex “tapestry” of multi-modal signals woven by their everyday digital interactions. It will deliver completely new ways of determining or engendering trust online, and enable users and businesses to make better decisions about who to trust online. The project brings together expertise in socio-digital interaction and psychology (University of Dundee); Blockchain, multi-modal signal processing, machine learning, Cyber Security and 5G technologies (University of Surrey); and interaction design (Northumbria University).

Start date: As soon as possible.

Principal Duties

You will:

  • Recruit participants
  • Design and run qualitative studies (e.g. focus groups and interviews)
  • Analyse qualitative data (e.g. through thematic analysis)
  • Work to an agreed project plan
  • Report weekly to the Dundee Investigator, Professor Wendy Moncur
  • Collaborate with project partners
  • Providing written and verbal reports of your research and findings to colleagues on the TAPESTRY project
  • Write up your research for publication

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Demonstrable expertise in the development and use of qualitative methods.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • PhD in Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, CyberPsychology, Trust or similar subject. Applicants who have submitted their PhD but have yet to be awarded their PhD will be considered.
  • Willingness to communicate with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries.

Highly desirable:

  • Background in the study of at least one of: social identities, social norms, trust, online behaviour.
  • Publication track record in internationally recognised peer-viewed conferences or journals
  • Quantitative research


You will be based in Professor Wendy Moncur’s interdisciplinary research group, which focuses on lived human experience in a digital age. Your expertise will complement existing expertise in the group in Human-Computer Interaction, e-Health, Design, and Computer Science.

Applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly – part-time/ remotely – will be considered.

Please contact Wendy Moncur ( if you would like to discuss the position, marking your email “TAPESTRY Postdoc Enquiry”.

Deadline for applications is 17th February 2019.

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