Research Assistant

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Date Posted
Friday 2 February 2024
Application Closing Date
Thursday 18 April 2024
Cumbria - Westlakes Campus
£25,138 to £27,979 per annum
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term for 60 months due to being limited by funding
Job Category / Type
Professional Services
School / Service
School of Health, Social Work and Sport
36.25 hours per week
Interview Date
To be confirmed

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Four new posts have been created at UCLan’s Westlakes campus within a multidisciplinary team involved in high impact outcome-orientated research, publication, and knowledge exchange. These posts represent a unique opportunity to undertake highly career-relevant research in a specific discipline in a wider, applied setting and be centrally involved in the design and implementation of impactful policy-relevant research. The post holders will work within a research team based at its Westlakes Campus near Whitehaven.

The posts are aimed at early career researchers and a part-time PhD scholarship with UCLan (funded by Westlakes Research Limited and aligned with the post) will be available to post holders. The posts will provide opportunities to work with distinguished academic colleagues across all UCLan campuses, develop transferable knowledge and skills in academic research, and engage with relevant stakeholders in public, private and social sectors to contribute to the development, delivery, and impact of applied research.

The four posts have been created by a major investment by Westlakes Research Limited into UCLan who have jointly developed an applied research initiative on Westlakes Science and Technology Park near Whitehaven in West Cumbria. This initiative comprises four distinct lines of enquiry, each of which is now recruiting a research assistant, in the following areas,

Post 1: social inclusion and community development [Ref 1109-23]

Post 2: place and culture [Ref 1115-23]

Post 3: public value governance [Ref 1099-23]

Post 4: Healthy and Sustainable Settings [Ref 1102-23]

Collectively these areas form the Westlakes Research Cluster. They have been selected because of their consistency with Westlakes Research Limited’s charitable objects; their portability and scalability to the wider society; and their relevance to West Cumberland.

The West Cumberland area is a distinctive location with multinational high-tech engineering and design companies and research facilities associated with the nuclear industry. Within this area of high landscape value there exists a rich heritage and social diversity and all these issues shape public policy and service design and delivery. UCLan’s connections with policy and practitioner organisations in West Cumberland and further afield embed the researchers in relevant networks and give privileged access to data and insights at local, national, and international levels.

Working alongside researchers based at Westlakes in these areas the post-holders will contribute to the design and implementation of existing and future applied research projects.

The successful candidate will have a background in working with people and communities and a demonstrable interest in conducting research and evaluation projects. Some knowledge of data handling and interpretation would be an advantage, with an open-minded approach to various research methodologies, qualitative and/or quantitative. Experience of working in community settings is also important as is having a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team as well as a professional approach to administrative duties.

Please indicate on your application which post or posts you are applying for. 

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. These positions are based in UCLan’s campus on Westlakes Science and Technology Park near Whitehaven in West Cumbria.

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We are proud to be a diverse, multicultural university. We are committed to building a truly inclusive culture where diversity is championed. Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who will support the diversification within the University and support its development of a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

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Applicants applying for roles in regulated activity and that are listed as an exception under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be required to disclose any spent and unspent convictions and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check at the appropriate level, UCLan will only ask an applicant to make an application for a DBS check if they are legally entitled to.