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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  24730
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Nov-2022

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.

 

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

 

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

 

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.

 

Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum

 

Closing Date: 11 December 2022

 

The Role

 

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work for 21 months on two related projects focusing on race, ethnicity and religious discrimination in Scotland and England.

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualitative researcher to advance their research experience and career development, working closely with Professor Hopkins. The role will include involvement in two projects. The first is part of the Race, Ethnicity and Discrimination Commission of the North East Chamber of Commerce, and the second is a study of racism and Islamophobia in Scotland. As part of the role, you will be supported to publish articles both independently and with Professor Hopkins and to develop a record of high-quality fieldwork and research outputs. 

 

This is a full-time post, with a start date as soon as possible, for a period of 21 months.

 

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 Projects

 

The Race, Ethnicity and Discrimination (RED) Commission of the North East Chamber of Commerce is a collective of business and community leaders in the North East of England who are focused on exploring, examining and understanding the barriers created by racial and religious discrimination in the North East. The Chair of the Commission is Nagma Ebanks-Beni MBE. Professor Hopkins is a member of the RED Commission which has already been meeting and identifying key issues and recommendations. Working closely with Commission members, and in collaboration with Professor Hopkins, you will identify good practice, co-author a report and outline key recommendations for change on the topic of race, ethnicity, and discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct a policy-relevant and applied piece of research with business and community leaders in the North East of England.  

 

The second project focuses on racism and Islamophobia in Scotland. You will be involved in the research design of this project with Professor Hopkins and will undertake qualitative fieldwork in Scotland focusing on issues of racism and religious discrimination.  

 

Both projects are led by Professor Hopkins in Geography, within the School of Geography Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.

 

If you have any queries regarding this role, please contact peter.hopkins@ncl.ac.uk

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and undertake qualitative interviews about issues of race, racism and inequality in the North East of England and Scotland
  • Co-author a report with recommendations about race, ethnicity and discrimination in the North East of England
  • Co-ordinate own work with that of others, deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and contribute to the planning of both projects
  • Author academic papers with Professor Hopkins based on the research findings of both projects
  • Ensure that personal knowledge in relevant fields of study is kept up to date
  • Maintain academic standards and work in accordance with university policies (e.g. equal opportunities, health and safety policies)
  • Undertake relevant training and development activities to develop capacity for taking on wider responsibilities
  • Ability to undertake fieldwork in Scotland and the North East of England

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • A background of research within social geography or a closely associated discipline
  • Experience of planning and undertaking qualitative research, including on issues relating to racism and inequalities
  • Research interests in line with the project - i.e., engaging with some elements of; social and cultural geography; ethnic and racial studies; Islamophobia, and intersectionality
  • Experience of writing high quality academic publications

 

Attributes and Behaviour 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Clear commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

 

Qualifications 

  • A PhD in Human Geography, or a cognisant discipline

 

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.