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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant or a Research Associate to work on a new ESRC Large Grant - "Between Two Unions: The Constitutional Challenge in the UK and Ireland after Brexit". The post-holder will be part of a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team led by the Principal Investigator, Professor Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change).

This position will be located in the newly formed Cambridge Institute for Public Policy, a brand-new research centre supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, directed by Professor Michael Kenny from POLIS.

The appointee will work under the direction of Professor Kenny, one of the Co-Investigators for this project, and support him in undertaking the programme of research and knowledge exchange activities which it requires.

S/he will work on one of the key themes within the wider project - "Political Union and Institutional Relations," and will conduct research on the development of inter-governmental relations within the UK, how the civil service has adapted to devolution, and how England is represented and administered within the UK's system of government.

Specifically, the Research Assistant/Associate will

  • conduct reviews of relevant literature;

  • support the development and refinement of research design and implementation, including identifying key interviewees and conducting research interviews;

  • collate, code, analyse and interpret policy documents and other data, as appropriate;

  • support the preparation of a range of documents for dissemination to key academic and non-academic audiences, and their dissemination through a range of media;

  • compile and document evidence of research outputs, activities and impact, and support the project administrator in recording it appropriately;

  • undertake other tasks as outlined in the job description (link below).

The Research Associate should hold a PhD in a relevant subject, or be able to prove the award of one is imminent. Applicants interested in the Research Assistant role, and who wish to undertake a PhD in POLIS alongside it, should apply for the PhD in the usual way and indicate this in their application.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 22 months in the first instance.

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.

All enquiries should be directed to Professor Michael Kenny (

Please quote reference UE13324 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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