University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

The Institute of Criminology seeks to appoint a field-based Research Assistant to work full time for a period of 6 months on a Leverhulme-funded research project on organised crime and illegal governance in London boroughs.

The overall project aims to identify and explore instances of organised crime and illegal governance in local communities across the United Kingdom. The first phase of the project led to the creation of a new instrument, 'the i-Gov Questionnaire' and the collection of quantitative data on organised crime presence in communities. The current phase seeks to delve deeper into a number of selected communities using a qualitative approach.

The Research Assistant will conduct rapid ethnographies in a limited number of selected London boroughs. This will include organising and conducting interviews with key informants (e.g., ward councillors, head teachers, charity workers, social workers, police officers), collecting and analysing relevant documentation (e.g., news paper articles, council reports), and other associated activities. Accordingly, experience with fieldwork is required as well as the ability to independently organise and conduct qualitative interviews with elite participants or hard-to-reach populations. Precision, accuracy and an interest in the subject matter are also essential. 

Full information regarding the role and its responsibilities can be found in the attached Further Particulars.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Interviews will be held 20th November, 2019.

Informal enquiries can be directed to or by calling 01223 335383.

Please quote reference JL20913 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

Apply online