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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Social & Policy Sciences

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 23 May 2022

Closing date Monday 27 June 2022

Interview date Thursday 21 July 2022

Reference CH9434

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The Department of Social and Policy Sciences is looking for a highly motivated and academically outstanding Research Associate in International Development.

About the role:

You will be expected and supported to submit publications in top rated international development journals, to seek further external funding for their research.

  • To assist the appointee to establish themselves in an academic and/or research career in the field of international development.
  • To promote excellent and policy relevant research in the field of international development, with particular reference to poverty, inequality and/or wellbeing.
  • To contribute to a thriving community of research and teaching in international development at the University. 

The post is offered on a full-time (36.5 hours/week) fixed term contract basis, with an expected start day of 01/09/2022 and end date of 31/08/2024. 

About you:

You must have recently been awarded a relevant doctorate but must not have already held a paid post-doctoral research position for more than 12 months. 

Our ideal applicant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate substantial knowledge and understanding of international development as an interdisciplinary field of research, teaching and public engagement
  • Exhibit excellent verbal, interpersonal, written communication and presentation skills
  • Work effectively both alone and as part of a team

About us:

The Department is a world class centre for international development research and teaching excellence, committed to interdisciplinary and impactful research. 

For more information, please visit the Department’s website, as well as that of the Centre for Development Studies.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Michael Bloomfield ( or James Copestake (

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.