Research Project Officer (107038-0123) . Job Reference: 1889996

University of Warwick
February 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:£27,929 - £31,411
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Contract Type:Fixed-term contract
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional


School of Law


£27,929 - £31,411 per annum, pro rata


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only.

Fixed-term contract until 30 September 2025, 14.6 hours per week (0.4 FTE).

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Project Officer to be part of a research team at the University of Warwick's Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) and Law School (WLS). This position is available on a Leverhulme Trust Research Project grant titled: ‘The Vulnerable State: Appraising the Ambivalent Economies of State Power'. The successful applicant will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Professor Ana Aliverti, and Co- Investigators, Drs Henrique Carvalho and Anastasia Chamberlen to provide administrative support, and to deliver project objectives across data collection, analysis and the dissemination of outputs.

More information about the project can be found here.

The successful candidate will be a central part of the project and will be expected to work as part of a team, and independently, towards their own deadlines and long-term planning schedules. For the project to run smoothly and on schedule it is important that the Research Project Officer can use their own initiative and judgement regarding day-to-day tasks.

Previous experience of working in a higher education setting, of using qualitative analysis software (such as NVivo or Atlas.ti) and in managing external funded projects and budgets would be an advantage. An interest and expertise in criminal justice and immigration justice is also an advantage.

Informal inquiries can be made, in the first instance by email, to Prof. Ana Aliverti ([email protected]).

We anticipate holding interviews w/c 6th February 2023, with a potential start date of 1st April 2023. Interviews will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

NB: Our Terms and Conditions of Employment specify that staff must live within a reasonable travelling distance of their place of work to fulfil all the duties and responsibilities of their role.

Job Description


To take responsibility for providing research and administrative support to the PI and CoIs in the day-to-day running of the above project. This will be 2 days a week over a 30-month period.


• To undertake secondary research on criminal law and immigration and asylum law, including analysis of legal (e.g., case law, statutes, law proposals, such as bills and Law Commission reports) and policy documents in the UK (including white papers, briefs and reports), and to conduct extensive literature reviews in various areas of Law and Criminology with a particular focus on vulnerability.

• To provide logistical and administrative support to the PI and CoIs (particularly in relation to fieldwork and event management logistics).

• To participate in team discussions and activities (including fortnightly team meetings).

• To support the PI and CoIs in the management and analysis of empirical data.

• To contribute to the development of funding proposals to generate follow-on funding both internally and externally to support the project.

• To help organise events, including the end of project conference.

• To work with the PI in the documentation of research activities connected to the project and to ensure the timely submission of annual reports required by the Leverhulme Trust.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Excellent academic qualifications in the Social Sciences (Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Criminology). (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Excellent oral and written communication skills, and meticulous attention to detail. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships, respect confidentiality, and the ability to deal with staff in a professional manner. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to work independently, using their initiative and without close supervision. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to organise events, on behalf of the Project. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Experience and demonstrable skills in an administrative role with previous responsibility for managing an activity or project. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

High level of computer literacy (Microsoft – Word, Excel, PowerPoint). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Previous experience of managing research projects. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Previous experience and interest in criminal justice and immigration justice research. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience and training in qualitative analysis software (such as NVivo and Atlas.ti). (a, c)

Further Particulars

About Warwick Law School Founded in 1968, now with over 1100 students and 70 full-time academic staff, we have evolved into one of the leading Law Schools in the UK. We emphasise the importance of innovative and high-quality teaching within a broad and contextual curriculum. Our teaching standards and research quality have received high ratings in both NSS and REF results (ranked 8th overall in 2022). The quality of our teaching has been recognised with two National Teaching Fellowships and several Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence. We maintain a strong research culture with several active research centres.

The Law School is supported by a dedicated Professional Services team of 19 staff, whose areas of expertise include student services, research, academic technology, outreach, human resources, marketing and communications, finance, events delivery, and governance.

Diversity One of the strengths of Warwick Law School is the diversity of the Law School Community. Our talented staff come from many different countries and backgrounds. We are committed to imbedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in all everyday practices of Warwick Law School.

Over a quarter of our undergraduate students are international students with a further 14% coming from EU countries. The globally diverse nature of our student body is even more pronounced at postgraduate level, where more than half of our LLM and PhD students are international students with a further 12% from EU countries. 64% of our undergraduate students identify as BAME. At postgraduate level, 68% of our taught postgraduate students and 57% of our PhD students identify as BAME. Warwick Law School values widening participation, in 2021/22, 31% of our first-year undergraduate students came to us with a contextual offer. We are proud to be a leading department in the University in this area.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award At Warwick Law School we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative recognising the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression, and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities, with generous carers'/maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policies, onsite childcare facilities, and a childcare vouchers scheme. 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 equity.

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Closing Date

6 Feb 2023

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