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Research Associate - Medical Glove Supply Chains

Requisition ID:  5316

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: £30,942 - £31,866 per annum


Closing Date: 21 October 2020

The Role


The purpose of this role is to conduct and coordinate research, qualitative data analysis, policy engagement and dissemination for a six-month project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre. The project is on, ‘Tackling Modern Slavery in Malaysian Medical Gloves Factories Using a Whole-Systems Approach to the Supply Chain’. You will support an interdisciplinary academic team and an ethical trade consultancy firm in this work.


The role is fixed term for 6 months.


For informal enquiries please contact: Alex.Hughes@ncl.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • Organising and record-keeping for monthly project team meetings
  • Collating and managing project data with guidance from the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigators
  • Organising and conducting online interviews with organizations in medical gloves supply chains, with guidance and support from the PI and Co-Is
  • Co-ordinating and contributing to data analysis
  • Organising, note-taking for and reporting on policy engagement online workshops
  • Contribute to all outputs (project report, interim reports, worker education materials, policy briefs, academic papers), in collaboration with and with guidance from the PI and Co-Is



The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of conducting in-depth interviews
  • Experience of carrying out independent research
  • Experience of writing up research for publication
  • Experience of conducting social science research in/on Global South settings
  • Proven ability to publish, either as a lone scholar or joint author in the field of economic geography
  • Experience of online communication and/or research methods
  • Ability to prepare research work for reports and publication
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently using own initiative
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with wide and diverse audiences, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Experience of, and ability in, conducting qualitative data analysis
  • Experience of working in groups
  • Knowledge of debates, literature and concepts in economic geography
  • Knowledge of debates, literature and concepts in labour studies


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Enthusiasm for research into global labour rights and corporate responsibility
  • Collaborative ethos
  • Positive attitude to colleagues and research participants/partners
  • Ability and willingness to work outside conventional working hours if required by the opportunities presented by the project
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills
  • Willingness to up-skill as necessary in online research methods and data management




  • PhD in Economic Geography or related social science 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: 5316