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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4.25 years in the first instance.

The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint a research assistant to work with Dr Stuart Hogarth on a new project on the political economy of diagnostic innovation.

The postholder will work on development of the firm database, including data gathering and data entry; assist with organisation of field research including identifying potential interviewees and scheduling interviews; and will help with the organisation of a series of academic workshops and a final conference at the end of the project. The postholder will undertake some administrative duties including maintaining and updating the project website, publicising events and activities of the project, processing of project financial administration and monitoring expenditure against budgets, travel arrangements for field research, and helping to organise team meetings, including preparing agendas and other papers and circulating, taking minutes and following up action (the project team comprises the PI, the postholder, a research associate, PhD and temporary researchers in Cambridge; a team of three staff led by Dr Michael Hopkins at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; and collaborators at King's College London and the University of Toronto).

We are looking for an independent, creative and highly motivated individual with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative social research methods and an interest in biomedical innovation. The Research Assistant will be based in the Department of Sociology. Opportunities to develop new research skills will be available through attendance at training courses and through collaboration with our research partners at SPRU.

This post is available for 4.25 years at 60% FTE from June 1st 2017 (later start dates will also be considered). We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible working arrangements, but the duration of the post is limited by the availability of external funding. Interviews are scheduled to take place in late May 2017.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Stuart Hogarth by email:

Please quote reference JM11930 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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