Research Fellow - Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology - Grade 7 - 96983 -
School of Social Policy
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with
potential progression once in post to £43,434. As this vacancy has limited
funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £37,467.
Fixed term contract for up to 22.5 months
Closing date: 2nd February 2022
We are recruiting one postdoctoral researcher to play significant roles within
the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘Border Crossings: Charity and
voluntarism in Britain's mixed economy of healthcare since 1948'. This award
involves collaboration between four universities and the postholders will work
under the direction of Professor John Mohan (Third Sector Research Centre,
University of Birmingham) on studies of the place of charity, and voluntary
and charitable organisations, in the NHS since 1948. The role would suit a
social scientist or contemporary historian with an interest in working in a
friendly, multidisciplinary team.
Work packages 2 and 4 of the programme focus on moves of health care
organisations into and out of voluntary (primarily charitable) control since
the NHS was established since 1948; the development of those charitable
institutions which were not taken into NHS control; and the growth,
distribution and impact of charitable fundraising in the contemporary NHS. The
work will involve a combination of archival and documentary analyses, as well
as interviews. The postholder will be tasked with developing case studies to
illustrate these themes; analysing and interpreting findings and results,
placing them in the wider context of changes in the NHS; and contributing to
the published outcomes of the work.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsibility for specific aspects of data collection (as discussed with
the PI) including: scoping research (on background NHS policy issues);
archival research; research deploying contemporary documentary sources (e.g.
company / charity annual reports; relevant NHS and regulatory documentation
and data); qualitative interviews with relevant stakeholders. These duties
will involve travel within the UK to multiple archives and will involve
• Responsibility for analyses and interpretation of data, and relating the
analyses to contextual debates.
• Contribute to the dissemination of research findings for publication,
primarily through team-authored publications but with some scope for sole-
authored outputs; dissemination activities such as conference and seminar
papers, including attendance at conferences in the UK and abroad; and
dissemination aimed at non-academic audiences.
• Working with the wider project team on project activities and outputs.
• Undertake management/administration arising from the research, to include
keeping accurate records of progress and management of data, and contributing
to coordination of aspects of the wider research programme.
• Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be
assisting with the research.
• Continue to develop own career and skills, e.g. through accessing
appropriate training opportunities, and / or contributing in a limited way to
teaching (as appropriate and in keeping with postholder's own expertise).
• Deliver work to deadlines, consistent with the research timetable of the
Border Crossings programme of work.
• First degree in a relevant subject (e.g. social policy, sociology, public
health, organisation studies, history, politics)
• Completed PhD (or a PhD very near to completion) in a field closely
relevant to research area
• Experience of conducting qualitative research using archival and / or
• Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing
• Excellent project management and organisational skills
• Experience of working collaboratively with others to deliver project
• Understanding of research and debates in the field of voluntary sector
studies in the UK
• Experience of web-based research methods
For informal enquiries please contact John Mohan (J.Mohan@bham.ac.uk).
Note: While the post is advertised at full-time, part-time options will be
given consideration. The postholder will be based in Birmingham with UK travel
required for fieldwork (the work will involve travel to numerous archives)
and meetings, though remote/home-working is possible when such travel is not
required. Once travel restrictions are lifted, regular face to face meetings
with Professor Mohan will be required.
Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and
welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to
discussions around all forms of flexible working
: Academic Non-clinical
: Social Policy
: 12.01.2022, 7:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description): Grade 7
Advert Close Date
: 03.02.2022, 6:59:00 AM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 15.11.2023