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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  5262

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046 per annum

            Research Associate: £30,942 - £32,817 per annum


Closing Date: 29 October 2020


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiatic individual to develop and undertake research as part of the international, multi-institutional UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Research Hub (www.livingdeltas.org).


You will work under the direction of Dr Jaime Amezaga at Newcastle University and in close collaboration with colleagues (UK and overseas) in Policy Analysis for Sustainable Delta Futures. The Living Deltas Hub operates a model of equitable partnership with delta-dwellers and the research community. You will principally work on Work Package 1 (Heritage, Livelihoods and Delta Living: past, presents and alternative futures) researching policy definition and implementation processes relevant to delta ecosystems management and the livelihoods of delta dwellers in collaboration with colleagues and partners in South Asia and South East Asia.


We particularly welcome applicants with experience in institutional and policy analysis applied to social-ecological systems in international research. Candidates will engage in understanding policy definition, development and implementation in key policy arenas, including the ways particular groups and interests are represented and participate in these processes. In collaboration with other Hub researchers you will explore how the knowledge, experiences, values, beliefs and ideas of diverse delta communities can influence future policy making. Previous experience and/or knowledge of the developing context of the deltas that are the focus of the project (Red River, Mekong and/or Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna deltas) is welcome.


You will be expected to contribute to the development and submission of research publications and research proposals, as well as help manage and direct aspects of the project as opportunities allow.


This position is full time, fixed term and tenable for 32 months or until 12 February 2024, whichever is soonest.


For all informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jaime Amezaga, Reader in Environmental Sustainability via email: jaime.amezaga@ncl.ac.uk


For more information about GCRF Living Deltas Research Hub, please click here (www.livingdeltas.org).


For more information about the The UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), please click here

For information about the School of Engineering, please click here


We will consider applications to work flexibly or from a location other than Newcastle wherever possible. We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

Key Accountabilities


  • To identify and scope academic and policy literatures to understand policy definition, development and implementation in the Red River, Mekong and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta
  • To explore and examine policy content, representation and participation in selected policy areas relevant to the management of social-ecological systems in these deltas
  • To co-develop a shared methodology amongst the research partners of the Delta Hub to understand how the values, beliefs and ideas of diverse delta communities can influence future policy making
  • To co-ordinate with partners, stakeholders, other PDRAs and co-investigators in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India to design and deliver a program of research on the issues above. This will also mean that you will provide methodological support to other research partners in the Delta areas
  • For research purposes, you should interact with delta dwellers and stakeholders to help develop a more nuanced understanding of policy definition and implementation
  • To co-ordinate your own work with that of other PDRAs employed on the Living Deltas Hub and facilitate the incorporation of your research into the wider Hub aims, with corresponding integrated research/policy outputs
  • To support the development of strong impact pathways through engagement and networking with relevant stakeholders within and beyond the delta regions
  • To maintain accurate, secure, detailed and up-to-date records for all work carried out under the Living Deltas Hub, including working with established work plans and Hub logframes
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes at an annual Living Deltas Hub meeting and to groups overseeing the research project
  • To write up results from your own research activity and provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in a variety of forms (reports, journal articles, chapters, book)
  • To comply with University policies, including financial regulations, equal opportunities policy, Health & Safety policy, promoting race equality policy, information systems security policy, data security, intellectual property rights and safeguarding policies
  • To engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory
  • To carry out other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post, as requested by the project


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Specialist subject expertise in policy and institutional analysis applied to the management of social-ecological systems
  • Experience of international research particularly within the geographic regions specified by the project
  • Capacity to co-develop and oversee the implementation of research methodologies across the Hub
  • Strong oral and written communication skills appropriate for diverse audiences in academia and practice in the global South and global North
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills colleagues, the general public and internal and external stakeholders, with the ability to interact with people from different disciplines
  • Knowledge of research into policy approaches in international development


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Understanding of key practical and ethical issues of working in international research specifically within the global south
  • Ability to make a valuable contribution to the research agenda of hub
  • Aptitude to build and develop strong working relationships with collaborative partners
  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively in an interdisciplinary team, appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of others to help teamwork development
  • Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity and respect in the workplace
  • Ability to use initiative and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
  • Ability to co-ordinate your own work with that of other Hub researchers, with good problem solving ability in order to effectively resolve any issues that may impact the achievement of research objectives and contribute to the wider achievement of the Hub’s aims
  • Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the project and a willingness to travel overseas, including residential fieldwork



  • Good honours degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline
  • PhD award (Associate level) (or nearing completion) in a relevant discipline or significant equivalent research experience (Assistant level)






Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5262