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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 4 June 2019 in the first instance.

The Institute of Criminology seeks to appoint a full-time Research Assistant/Associate for a two year study entitled 'Conceptions of friendship, violence and legal consciousness among young people in the context of joint enterprise', led by Dr Susie Hulley and Dr Tara Young. The post is available from 7th August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. Due to the limited funding for this post, it will be available until 4th June 2019.

The study will examine and compare the way in which notions of friendship and group violence are conceived by young people in their everyday lives and by criminal justice practitioners involved in cases of joint enterprise. It will also consider young people's understandings of the legal consequences of group violence. The primary aim of the study is to provide a rare, theoretically informed and empirically grounded account of the impact that joint enterprise is having on the ground at a crucial time in its application.

The post-holder will contribute to a number of aspects of the research programme and will undertake a considerable amount of fieldwork involving qualitative interviews, some observation, informal discussions and 'photovoice'. S/he will be involved in writing up research work for presentation and publication and will be able to develop his or her own research profile through sole as well as co-authored publications.

The post-holder must have (or be very close to obtaining) a PhD in a relevant subject such as criminology, sociology or another social science or humanities subject. Alternatively, extensive and/or relevant research experience may be taken into consideration.

Experience of academic interviewing is essential and s/he should have a track record that demonstrates the potential to produce and publish research of an exceptional quality.

Prior experience of data collection and analysis in a similar area of research is highly desirable.

For further information regarding the role and responsibilities of this position, please refer to the Further Information document.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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.

The closing date is 16th July, 2017.

For further information regarding the application process and what information is required, please refer to the Further Information document. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Personnel office at the Institute of Criminology at or by calling 01223 335383.

Please quote reference JL12488 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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