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Research Associate: Conflict & Intimacy

Requisition ID:  5434

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  19-Nov-2020

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: £30,942 - £31,866 per annum


Closing Date: 3 January 2021

The Role


We are recruiting for a Research Associate who will work closely with members of the project team, contributing to a collaborative ESRC funded theatre-as-method research project between Newcastle University (Dr Alice Cree), a local feminist theatre organisation, and women military spouses in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This research explores 'conflict' as a fluid complex of violence which plays out not only in far-away battle sites but also in intimate domestic spaces and personal relationships. You will contribute to the recruitment of participants, and will conduct online interviews and focus groups around the project themes. You will have the opportunity to undertake training in research with vulnerable groups and those who have experienced trauma, and will be supported in their career development through the writing of co-authored publications. Please note that the %FTE is flexible and can be negotiated with the PI. There is some scope for remote working.


For infomal enquiries please contact the PI: Alice Cree, alice.cree@newcastle.ac.uk.


The post is full time, fixed term for 12 months.  The Start date: 01/02/21 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Key Accountabilities


  • Contribute to the recruitment of research participants
  • Contribute to conducting preliminary interviews and focus groups with research participants (these will likely be conducted via Zoom)
  • Take lead on participant observation during participatory theatre workshops (many of these will likely be conducted via Zoom)
  • Co-organise dissemination events
  • Contribute to co-authored publications emerging from the project research


The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge and understanding of British militarised cultures
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant scholarship surrounding gender and the military
  • Willingness and capacity to work with a variety of non-academic groups/stakeholders (e.g. creative arts practitioners, the Ministry of Defence, charitable organisations)
  • Experience of using a variety of qualitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, and participant observation
  • Outgoing personality and experience of recruiting research participants
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to work closely and sensitively with vulnerable groups and those who have experienced trauma
  • Ability to organise and manage data and information
  • Ability to distil and communicate complex information
  • Ability to work to deadlines, organise own workload and work independently


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively
  • Works in a planned and organised way
  • Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two-way communication process
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Works collaboratively and effectively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships
  • Takes ownership of their training and career development needs, works closely with team members to ensure that these are met




  • PhD in Human Geography, Sociology, International Relations, or a related discipline



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: 5434