Research Associate (Fixed Term) (CH11168)

University of Bath
November 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:£37,099
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Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Social & Policy Sciences

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Thursday 09 November 2023

Closing date Sunday 26 November 2023

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH11168


The Department of Social and Policy Sciences is seeking a Research Associate.

About the role

The project “Revisiting the raising of the participation age to 18 in England” aims to understand the design, implementation and impact of the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) to 18 in England which was phased in from 2013.

Using a mixed methods approach, the project will quantify the effect of the policy on the education and labour market outcomes of those affected, explore the processes through which the policy was designed, implemented and experienced by young people, and draw out the implications for education policy and practice.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Playing a central role in qualitative data collection and analysis including both empirical fieldwork and desk research;
  • Assisting the PI/Co-Is in the recruitment of participants for individual interview or focus-group involvement and undertaking interviews/facilitating focus groups with participants;
  • Contributing to the writing-up of the research findings and submission of outputs for publication in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Developing research summaries in a style suitable to communicate to policy makers and the public through non-technical policy briefs, blogs, and social media.
  • You will work closely with Prof. Matt Dickson and Prof. Sue Maguire (Institute for Policy Research) and with project partners from Edge Foundation.

    There will also be opportunities for you to access research development and have time to spend on your own research, in line with the Researcher Concordat recommendations.

    This role is offered on a full-time fixed-term basis with an expected end date of 30/04/2025 .

    About you

    The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD in education, social policy, sociology or a closely related discipline;
  • Experience of carrying out qualitative research projects including conducting semi-structured interviews and/or focus groups.
  • Experience of analysing qualitative research data and writing up findings for academic and policy audiences.
  • About the Department

    The International Development group is housed in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, one of the UK's leading centres for social policy-oriented research and teaching excellence. We are committed to interdisciplinary and impactful research. Our academic staff represent a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including social and public policy, sociology, social work, international development, and criminology. We have a vibrant research community of academic staff, postgraduate students, and research staff.

    For informal discussions about the role please contact Prof. Matt Dickson on [email protected] or Prof. Sue Maguire on [email protected]

    What we can offer you:
  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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    Further details:
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  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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