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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint a Research Assistant to work with Dr Kate Williams on an exciting Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders project entitled 'Alternative metrics of impact in multilateral agencies: The potential for knowledge for sustainable development'. The aim of this project is to investigate whether alternative metrics of research impact ('altmetrics') can provide useful indicators of wider research impact for multilateral agencies, and whether these indicators, in turn, shift understandings of knowledge production, use and evaluation.

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 research impact, metrics (bibliometrics/webometrics/altmetrics), knowledge production and/or research evaluation. The Research Assistant will be based in the Department of Sociology.

The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing and analysing quantitative datasets of publicly available altmetric and bibliometric data from Web of Science, Scopus, and institutional repositories, as well as preparing and analysing qualitative interview data. Quantitative duties will include obtaining and maintaining datasets; data preparation and analysis using descriptive techniques and basic statistical models. Qualitative duties will include maintaining datasets in Atlas.Ti or similar, and data preparation and analysing data using grounded theory and thematic analysis techniques. Opportunities to develop specialist quantitative and qualitative research skills will be available through attendance at internal training courses and through collaboration with Dr Williams.

In collaboration with Dr Williams, the post holder will conduct literature reviews and help interpret and write up results for publication in leading academic journals and as accessible working papers and reports. The successful applicant will also present information on project progress and research findings at academic conferences and knowledge exchange events.

In addition, the post holder will assist with the organisation of events held under the project auspices. They will play a central role in project communications and will be responsible for updating and maintaining the project website. These duties will involve liaising with academic and non-academic colleagues through established networks.

This post is available for 13 months at 50% FTE from 12th March 2018. 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.

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 application deadline for this post is Wednesday 28 February 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 5th 6th of March 2018. Informal queries may be directed to Kate Williams at

Please quote reference JM14726 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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