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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until the 30th November, 2019.

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology. This is a new full-time position, and the post holder would work on the Evidence for Better Lives study (EBLS) within the Violence Research Centre. This interdisciplinary study entails a research and capacity building initiative in eight medium-sized cities in middle-income countries. It aims to contribute to knowledge on how to prevent violence against children, and how to best support children in their first years of life so that they achieve their full potential. The project consortium led by Professor Manuel Eisner. It comprises a consortium of researchers in Australia, Romania, Jamaica, the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ghana, and the UK. Further information about the study can be found at

The post holder will be expected to work with the PI and the strategic planning group of EBLS on the development and coordination of a complex and pioneering research project. S/he will be responsible for co-ordinating the development of the data collection tools used in the present stage of the study, and for maintaining academic oversight over the translation process.

Together with the database manager and the members of the project consortium, s/he will be responsible for developing and adapting all components of the data collection process. The post holder will also be responsible for maintaining regular contacts with all site teams and providing guidance on the field work.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant social science, medicine or biological sciences subject and also possess high management and coordination skills and have a solid theoretical, methodological and empirical background in child development research. Experience in conducting and coordinating complex interview-based data-collections is also essential.

The position is available from 1st June, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter and the funds for this post are available until 30th November, 2019 in the first instance.

In addition to the Research Associate, the coordinating team will also include an IT Database Manager and a Research Coordinator.

For full information about the role and the responsibilities please see the attached Further Information document.

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 9th April, 2018.

Interviews are to be held 23rd - 25th April, 2018

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

Please quote reference JL14935 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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