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Senior/Principal Research Associate

Requisition ID:  3841

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
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: £41,526.00 - £59,135.00 

Closing Date: 20 April 2020


The Role


We are looking to recruit a Senior or Principal Research Associate (0.5fte) on the above project until 31 December 2022 as part of the University’s commitment to, and support of, Newcastle’s UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection & Peace (CPP&P).


You will support the close working relationships between the UNESCO Chair team and the Blue Shield (see https://theblueshield.org/) focussing on the cultural property protection (CPP) aspects of the Chair’s work.  As part of the application for the UNESCO Chair the University noted its goal to create a University Centre for CPP&P.


You will have military experience at a senior level (preferably Major or above) alongside an excellent understanding of the military operational process and a degree or equivalent experience in a relevant topic (please see further details under ‘The Person’ below).


This post is 0.5fte (18.5 hours) and is a fixed term contract until 31 December 2022.  Appointment to Senior or Principal level will be dependent on qualfications and experience as demonstrated in the application and at interview.


Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair for Cultural Property Protection & Peace (peter.stone@ncl.ac.uk).


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key Accountabilities

The primary focus of the post for the period 1 April 2020 (or as soon thereafter as possible) to 31 December 2022 will be:

  • To support the UNESCO Chair by helping to develop research, policy, doctrine, and training courses, relating to Blue Shield and wider CPP discourse.
  • To liaise with the military regarding CPP, as a member of the Newcastle UNESCO Chair team with respect to policy, doctrine, training, and operational processes.
  • To develop, teach, refine, and adapt as necessary to suit different groups, CPP courses for the military and heritage communities.
  • To lead Blue Sheild activity in liaison with the military over such courses and, where possible, support national committees of the Blue Shield in the use of such research, policy, and training courses with their own military.
  • To support, and deputise for, the UNESCO Chair in CPP&P in relation to his work with the Blue Shield as and where appropriate.
  • Play a leading role in the emerging CPP research team, including identifying and developing progressively larger and/or more complex projects, for the team or as an individual researcher in the specific research area of CPP.
  • Play a major part in the dissemination of their own, and the team’s, research findings, presenting at national and international academic and professional conferences and symposia.


Additional activities where possible and/or appropriate:

  • Independently identify research and development objectives and potential funding sources, prepare and write proposals for funding, and act as PI as agreed on successful projects.
  • To publish and disseminate the results of research through the authoring or co-authoring of books and/or articles for publication in high-quality academic journals and through presentations to professional, academic, and public audiences.
  • To help other team members to support PGT and PGR students (currently MLitt and PhD) relating to CPP.
  • Where appropriate, to support and mentor junior members of the UNESCO Chair/Blue Shield team.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Military experience at a senior (preferably Major or above) level.
  • Excellent understanding of the military operational process.
  • Basic understanding of the contemporary heritage sector.
  • Good understanding of the emerging discipline of CPP in the event of armed conflict and environmental and/or human-caused disaster.
  • Ability to communicate appropriately, orally and in a written form, to a variety of audiences (military, heritage professional, academic, general public etc.).
  • Relevant experience of teaching/training delivery.
  • Ability to support PGT and PGR students in their studies.
  • Ability to support and mentor more junior staff.


  •  Excellent understanding of the contemporary heritage sector.
  • Ability to develop, submit, and deliver research and/or professional development and/or policy applications to external funding organisations.
  • Experience of developing new programmes of residential and/or distance learning training.
  • Ability to contribute to professional development in CPP by active membership of learned societies and professional institutions.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of policy e.g. through advice to government/public bodies at local, regional, national and international levels, as appropriate.
  • Experience of developing new programmes at UG, PGT, PGR level.
  • Developing, leading and teaching academic modules to students at either UG or PGT.
  • Delivering training within a military and/or heritage context.
  • Carrying out self-funded and/or externally funded research projects, including their publication and dissemination.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Willingness to travel within the UK and overseas.
  • Ability to work on own and as part of a dispersed team.
  • Willingness to work flexibly within the stated hours of the contract.



  • Degree or equivalent experience relevant topic (e.g. archaeology, architecture, archives, art history, disaster risk management, heritage management, librarianship etc.).



  • Full UK/International driving licence.



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.


Requisition ID: 3841