Research Associate Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland
To make a leading contribution to research and evaluation of Children's
Neighbourhoods Scotland, an innovative place-based approach to improve
children's outcomes and tackle child poverty (see
https: // childrensneighbourhoodsscotland.com) Specifically, the job requires
expert knowledge in quantitative methods. The successful candidate will have a
background in either education, social or public policy, sociology, or a
related discipline. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the
formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as
well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the following activities in conjunction with the PI/ Research Team
Leader as appropriate:
1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research,
individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and
project/School/College/University research strategy. 2. Document research
output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records
and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate. 3.
Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of the
School/College/University, including establishing and sustaining a track
record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high
profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of
economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying
opportunities for knowledge exchange. 4. Survey the research literature and
environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project
and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy. 5.
Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and
external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research
profile of the School/College/University. 6. Take a leading role in the
identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of
proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support
future research. 7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining
collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader
School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other
collaborators/partners). 8. Take a leading role in team/group
meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance
the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College/University. 9.
Take a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training
of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of
the project team to ensure their effective development. 10. Perform
administrative tasks related to the activities of the project and School,
including budgets/expenditure. 11. Make a contribution to teaching activities
and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation
with PI. 12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the
field/discipline. 13. Engage in personal, professional and career development,
to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired
career trajectory. 14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as
assigned by the Head of School and/or PI. These key tasks are not intended to
be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff
member may be reasonably expected to perform.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in complex survey design and
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area and subject specialism
B1 Knowledge of project-specific data sources
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software as appropriate
C1 Ability to work in complex academic, policy and political settings
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public
presentations and ability to communicate complex information, theory and
concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate
C5 Appropriate workload and time management skills
C6 Excellent IT and data analysis/interpretation skills including familiarity
with statistical analysis packages (such as R or Stata)
C7 Self-motivated with ability for initiative and independent thought/working
C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as
C10 Willingness to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required
by the project
D1 Extensive and up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in areas
related to the field of youth participation, poverty and inequality.
D2 Awareness of current issues and future directions in the field of youth
participation, poverty and inequality.
D3 Able to engage with robust data analysis techniques and to support others
in adopting these techniques
E1 Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in statistical methods and
techniques applied to social science demonstrated through relevant experience.
E2 Experience of researching complex, real world settings
E3 Experience of delivering quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E4 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in
quality journals and/ or at conferences
E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E6 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project
objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data
and drafting of papers
F1 An emerging national or international reputation
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7,
£36,382 - £40,927 per annum.
This post is full time and currently funded until 31st March 2022
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period
of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities'
Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available
from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions
relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical
trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to
be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and
financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and
flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the
organisation in promoting gender equality.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy Ref : 066327 Close Date : 05-Oct-2021 23:45