Postdoctoral Postdoc Position in Uncertainty at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in mathematics at University of Cambridge, UK. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 2 years. The deadline for applying is December 10, 2018.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication and the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab to study the communication of uncertainty. We are particularly interested in methods of communicating unquantified, deep uncertainties such as the underlying quality of evidence, and in the role of context (eg. understanding the source of uncertainties) on audiences’ trust and usage of the uncertainty information in their decision-making.

The Winton Centre’s work is predominantly translational, and the post-holder will be working on practical applications with a several collaborators, such as providers of national statistics and media organisations. However, the dual appointment with the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory ensures that we are also advancing our understanding of the basic psychological dimensions underlying public reactions to uncertainty about evidence.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder 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 student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

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 analyzing complex data. They must have 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Sander van der Linden or


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