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Research Assistant/Associate - Methods Hub(9902)

Requisition ID:  9902
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  20-Jul-2021

 

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: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00  per annum (pro-rata)

Closing Date: Tuesday 03 August 2021

 

The Role

 

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate to undertake research and project management administration for the Newcastle University Methods Hub. The Methods Hub is a multidisciplinary initiative funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institutes: the Institute for Social Science, the Humanities Research Institute and Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

 

The Hub aims to: 

  • Promote understanding of social science, humanities and creative arts practice research methods and methodologies
  • Foster partnership and interdisciplinary research that can address global challenges, have societal, cultural and economic impacts and engage with non-academic partners
  • Increase expertise in and capacity to use different methods
  • Examine the philosophies that underpin research methods and ask critical questions about their use and application within research
  • Foster the development of new methods
     

Further information on the Methods Hub is available here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/social-science/research/methods-hub/
 

You'll work closely with other members of the Methods Hub including Natasha Mauthner (Business School), Liz Todd (Institute for Social Science), Jennifer Richards (Humanities Research Institute) and Richard Talbot (Institute for Creative Arts Practice).

 

The position is part time at 40% FTE and fixed-term for 12 months. You will be based in the Business School and line managed by Professor Natasha Mauthner.

 

For more information about Newcastle University Business School, please visit our website https://www.ncl.ac.uk/business-school/.

 

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Professor Natasha Mauthner via natasha.mauthner@ncl.ac.uk 

 

 

Key accountabilities:

 

 

  • Conducting interviews with academic researchers acorss Newcastle University about their methodolgical appraoches and practices;
  • Developing a central online inventory to foreground methodological expertise at Newcastle University;
  • Develop, organise and host research methods workshops and events to offer training and insights into both innovative and traditional research methods and the philosophical and ethical questions they raise;
  • Manage and liaise with the Methods Hub steering committee.
     

The Hub aims to: 

  • Promote understanding of social science, humanities and creative arts practice research methods and methodologies
  • Foster partnership and interdisciplinary research that can address global challenges, have societal, cultural and economic impacts and engage with non-academic partners
  • Increase expertise in and capacity to use different methods
  • Examine the philosophies that underpin research methods and ask critical questions about their use and application within research
  • Foster the development of new method

 

The Person (Essential)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

  • Detailed knowledge of social science methodological literatures
  • Understanding of a breadth of research methods including those in humanities and creative arts practice
  • Training in social science research methods and techniques
  • Experience of conducting qualitative interviews
  • Ability to prepare written and oral presentations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with multidisciplinary audiences
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent IT, web and software (e.g. Powerpoint) skills
  • Experience of running and hosting large events online using media such as Zoom
  • Experience of writing to publication standard
  • Qualitative research skills for analysis of interview data
  • Familiarity with the Newcastle Methods Hub
  • Experience organising an advisory board

 

Attributes and behaviour

 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to liaise and ‘connect’ with university staff across departments and at different levels.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and with initiative to set priorities.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and liaise effectively with relevant partners.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Possess, or is working towards, a PhD degree in the humanities, arts or social sciences

 

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

 

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 9902