Research Assistant

Edinburgh Napier University

United Kingdom

October 2, 2022

Description

Job title

Research Assistant

Job reference

0000018526

Date posted

14/09/2022

Application closing date

02/10/2022

Salary

£27,929 - £33,314 per annum, pro rata (Grade 4)

Package

Excellent Benefits

Contractual hours

30

Basis

Annualised

Attachments

Blank

Job description

Further your Research career with Edinburgh Napier University

We are currently looking for a Research Assistant to join our School of Applied Sciences on a fixed term (5 months), part time basis (30 hours per week).

Thriving Survivors is collaborating with Edinburgh Napier University and Community Justice Scotland on the development and delivery of a National Hub for restorative justice (RJ) in cases of sexual harm in Scotland. The National Hub will initially offer survivors of sexual harms safe and supported access to RJ services, no matter where they are located in Scotland. This service will also offer RJ for sexual harm in sensitive and complex cases that involve individuals who have learning disabilities, ill mental health, and addictions; adults who are of older age, children, and those who identify as LGBTQ.

The project also involves specialist training on restorative justice and sexual violence for the future facilitators. You will have an opportunity to work with international and local experts who provide this training and mentorship.

We are looking for a Research Assistant to conduct an evaluation of both the service development and the specialist training, and to write up a report for the Scottish Government by March 2023.

About the School of Applied Sciences

We aim to create research opportunities that develop talent and solutions that really work and matter in today's and tomorrow's world. At the School of Applied Sciences putting theory into practice is our guiding ethos, using science to help you make a difference. Our £60Million, purpose-built science and health campus in Sighthill houses a full range of cutting-edge facilities where staff, students and researchers tackle global and local issues affecting health, society, and the environment.

Edinburgh Napier University's phenomenal results from the Research Excellence Framework (2021) are testament to our growing strength and capability as a research institution. REF 2021 assessed 68% of our research as either “world- leading” or “internationally excellent”, up 15% since 2014. Additionally, the University's research power metric rocketed from 250 to 718, making Edinburgh Napier the top ranking Scottish modern university for both research power and research impact.

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a pioneering project, a dynamic team and to help shape the future of restorative justice in Scotland.

You will collect data from different activities organised by Thriving Survivors and the other partners and take part and observe meetings of the advisory group and trainers.

You will get the opportunity to work alongside and learn from experienced staff, and work with main stakeholders on the development of the service and the training provided.

As someone with excellent communication skills, you will write up an evaluative report for the Scottish Government and prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations.

Please note, you will be required to regularly attend Thriving Survivors working group meetings and the role will require some travel across Scotland (if needed), particularly between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Postgraduate and/or doctorate degree in the research field.
  • Knowledge of qualitative research methodology (observations, semi- structured interview techniques, transcriptions).
  • Proven knowledge of data collection methods and the ability to prepare information to support researchers in presenting findings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation and report writing skills.
  • Excellent organisation, prioritisation, and time management skills, with a flexible approach to working.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure.
  • The following criteria is also desirable:

  • Previous experience in conducting evaluative research.
  • Knowledge sexual violence/harm, gendered violence and/or restorative justice (preferably both).
  • Proficiency in data analysis tools and statistical applications.
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods such as SPSS.
  • To find out more about this exciting opportunity please click here to view the role profile.

    Benefits we offer

    Salary: £27,929 - £33,314 per annum, pro rata (Grade 4)

    Join us and you will find that we offer support and recognition wherever due, as well as fantastic benefits such as an attractive pension with employer contributions of up to 20.8% and a minimum of 46 days holiday, pro-rata.

    There are professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more information about our wide range of benefits, click here.

    Additional Information

    For informal discussions about this position, please contact Dr Estelle Zinsstag (E.Zinsstag@napier.ac.uk). For general enquiries, please contact the Recruitment team (recruitment@napier.ac.uk).

  • Closing Date: Sunday 2 October
  • Interview Date: Monday 10 October
  • Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. For information see here .

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    About the employer

    Established in 1964, the Edinburgh Napier University is a publically-owned institution for higher education in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded as Napier Technical College, the institution started operating with 800 students enrolled for courses like cabinet making, chemistry, engineering, and boat building.It...