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Research Assistant / Research Associate in Consumer Behaviour
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF30811

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 30/10/2019

Job live date: 16/10/2019

Salary: Competitive

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE, or the position can be split into two 0.5 FTE part-time positions

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term

The Department of Applied Economics and Marketing within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) has a strong international reputation for its grounded approach in the latest scientific advances and their applications that can make a real difference to people's food choices, eating habits and general wellbeing. Its interdisciplinary research across focuses on key challenges, such as ensuring that consumers make better informed food choices and have a healthy diet.

The department seeks to appoint a full-time research assistant / research associate in consumer behaviour (1.0 FTE, or the position can be split into two 0.5 FTE part-time positions) to work on a research project funded by EIT Health/Food, and led by Dr Elena Millan. The project is in the broad areas of consumer behaviour, eating habits and lifestyles of different consumer groups.

This post will require you to provide research input involving systematic literature reviews, data collection and analysis and dissemination of the project output. You will also contribute to ethics applications, developing research protocols, as well as to the next round funding application. You will assist the project management, which involves liaising with colleagues from partner institutions. You will be based at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, and will be supervised by Dr Elena Millan. You will collaborate also with Dr Julia Vogt from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

The salary at the level of Research Assistant will be paid at Grade 5, £25,217 to £30,048 per annum. The salary at the level of Research Associate will be paid at Grade 6, £30,942 to £35,845 per annum.

We are looking for a strongly motivated individual with a background and interests in consumer behaviour, consumer psychology, behavioral economics, and healthy eating.


Ideally you will have:

  • A PhD (completed or close to completion) in Marketing, Psychology, Food or Health Sciences, or a related discipline. Highly qualified MSc candidates may also be considered.
  • Experience with literature searches, reviews and critical writing (preferably in English)
  • Experience with data collection and data analysis
  • Experience with dissemination (e.g., writing reports, publications) (preferably in English)
  • Strong motivation, diligence

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Elena Millan ( with the subject line “Research Assistant/Research Associate”.


To apply for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining how you meet the job requirements and details of two referees to the online link provided here. Please arrange two references (preferably one from your current employer or your immediate previous employer if out of work) to be sent directly to Dr Elena Millan.


Please note this is an ongoing recruitment campaign with ongoing interviews. The job will be closed once a suitable appointment has been made.


Informal contact details

Contact role:


Contact name:

Dr Elena Millan

Contact phone:

+44 (0) 118 378 6193

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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