Research Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 5, 2021


Research Associate

Research Associate Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland

Job Purpose

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: // 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 opportunities allow.

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 data analysis

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 appropriate

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 approach

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 appropriate

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 environment.

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

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