Post Doctoral Research Assistant

University of Central Lancashire

United Kingdom

June 15, 2021


Job title

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

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Preston Campus


Grade: F (£25,941 - £30,046)

Job category/type

Professional Services, Research



Job description

The Post Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) post is a 2 year fixed term contract to assist Professor M. McKeown and Dr J. Manley in the NIHR funded project ‘Interventions to maximise the potential of place in building community, reducing health inequalities, and improving health'. The post holder will be responsible for carrying out the qualitative research aspects of the project, with particular emphasis on the community wealth building project known as the ‘Preston Model'. The PDRA will be based in the centre for Citizenship and Community in the School of Social Work, Care & Community. The Centre is concerned with research approaches that are co-produced, and with building research evidence that emphasises the importance of working with community capacity and assets.

The research includes conducting interviews, focus groups, Participatory Network Analysis, literature reviews, and data analysis. The post holder will undertake data collection, analysis and report/paper writing. The successful candidate will have experience of conducting qualitative research (e.g. interviews/focus groups). Experience of, or willingness/ability to learn, the theory and .application of Participatory Network Analysis. Experience in research related to the Preston Model will be a distinct advantage. The post holder will have achieved a PhD in Social Policy/Sociology, and preferably a Masters in research (sociology). Publications in the field, especially related to the Preston Model, will be valued.

The candidate will demonstrate a significant publication record at post- doctoral level and the ability to contribute to high quality academic peer- reviewed journals. S/he will be able to workalike and as part of a team, both within UCLan and with our partners in Liverpool and Lancaster.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Please apply online via www.; if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quoting the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.

School/Service: School of Social Work, Care & Community

Hours: Full Time (36.25 - hours per week – 1.0 FTE)

Basis: Fixed term contract for 24 months

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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