Research Associate

University of York
April 18, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024
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Research Associate


School for Business and Society


£36,024 a year (pro-rated for part-time working)


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

Interview date

To be confirmed

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  • Role Description School for Business and Society

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Changing Realities research team and be part of a participatory online programme documenting life on a low-income during the cost of living crisis and pushing for change. The post is to support the participatory online research, and to be a key point of contact for parents and carers living on a low-income who are taking part in this programme. The successful candidate will also play a key role in developing our work into Scotland. The role will be predominantly based in Scotland but contractual place of work is the University of York and travel to campus is expected.


    The main purpose of the role is to deliver effective, ethical participatory online research with parents and carers living on a low-income. The postholder will be responsible for direct contact with participants; supporting their involvement in media interviews, parliamentary events; and maintaining and updating the online infrastructure of the project. They will also take a leading role in the analysis and writing up of the data emerging from this project.

    This is a fixed-term, part-time (1 day per week) position for 12 months from May 2024 until April 2025.

    Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed
  • First degree in social policy, sociology or related subject
  • PhD in social policy or sociology or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience of online participatory research
  • Effective communication skills - both orally and in writing
  • Confident, pro-active approach to work, and readiness to develop innovative strategies to recruiting new participants
  • Knowledge of social security policy and strong engagement with poverty theory, policy and practice.
  • Interview date: To be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: Please contact Ruth Patrick at [email protected]

    Condition of employment

    This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

    Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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