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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate* in Social or Behavioural Sciences (Fixed Term)

*NB: Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit if approved by the School Faculty Board

Salary: £31,604 - £38,833/£39,922 - £50,618

We seek a talented researcher to join a new four year Wellcome funded work programme on behaviour change.

The successful post-holder will join a new team to develop and lead a series of planned activities to help forge collaborative relationships between policy makers and researchers in order to maximise the implementation of evidence generated by our research programme on changing behaviour by re-designing environments. This post provides an exceptional opportunity for a researcher wanting to develop or extend their research on the relationship between evidence and policy, working with leading UK researchers in this area. This will include being a Visiting Fellow to SKAPE - Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy at the University of Edinburgh with Dr Katherine Smith, a member of the Implementation Advisory Panel for this programme of research.

Main duties and responsibilities of the job

Leading on: designing and conducting a formative evaluation to contribute to the growing number of case studies describing the relationship between evidence and policy, the day-to-day running of an Implementation Advisory Panel, and co-ordinating international meetings and public engagement activities.

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in sociology, psychology or related disciplines. It is essential that you have skills in (a) qualitative research (b) writing for peer-reviewed publications.

Informal enquiries can be made to Theresa Marteau (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018 and interviews will likely be held on 9th February 2018.

Please quote reference RH14442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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