Graduate Teaching Assistant Development and psychometric validation of a measure of ambivalent homonegativity towards sexual minority men and women

Full time

Fixed term for three years                                                                   

£15000 p.a. plus a Home/EU waiver fee for a PhD

We are seeking a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Psychology at our Cambridge campus. The Graduate Teaching Assistant role is divided between that of a research student and that of a teaching assistant. This is a fixed term position for three years, with an annual payment of £15,000 pa plus a Home/EU waiver fee for a PhD. The post includes teaching duties on our undergraduate psychology pathways.

The post is for the following research project:


Development and Psychometric Validation of a Measure of Ambivalent Homonegativity towards Sexual Minority Men and Women

As a research student, you will be working on a PhD project examining attitude ambivalence towards lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women among heterosexual people. Attitude ambivalence is defined as a psychological state in which, to a degree, an individual holds both positive and negative evaluations and responses of a particular attitude object (Conner & Sparks, 2002; Glick & Fiske, 1996). The aim of this research is to develop attitude ambivalence theory to incorporate attitudes towards sexual minorities and will ultimately result in the production a psychometric measure of ambivalent homonegativity.
The applicant should have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology. Relevant postgraduate qualifications and/or research experience would be advantageous. Some experience of conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research is desirable. Knowledge of issues relating to the psychology of attitudes or research involving sexual minority men and women would be beneficial.

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The first supervisor for this research project will be Dr Daragh McDermott ( For further details contact him at


Candidates need to apply using the Research Degree Application form via Admissions, by clicking the Apply link below

When completing this form, please include the reference of post you are applying for (i.e. PSY01). Please contact the supervisor by email before you submit your application to discuss your research proposal.
Information about the Department:

Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University – world-leading research that enhances lives

World-leading research underpins all teaching at our Department of Psychology, and this commitment has been rewarded with an outstanding performance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) – one that makes us the UK’s top-rated psychology department in a post-1992 university. 45% of our research was rated as either “World-Leading” or “Internationally Excellent”, with a further 35% rated as “Internationally Recognized”.

Psychology research at Anglia Ruskin University is led by two distinct research groups – the Applied Social & Health Psychology Research Group, and the Brain and Cognition Research Group. These twin centres of research excellence submitted a range of outputs to the RAE, covering their work into memory, dementia, language, aphasia, consciousness and emotion.

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Closing Date – 31st July 2013

Interviews scheduled for PSY01 – 15th August 2013

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