Researcher - Child Exploitation (Fixed Term)

Job title Researcher - Child Exploitation (Fixed Term)

Department Psychology

Salary Research Assistant (grade 6) from £26,715 to £32,817. Research Associate (grade 7) from £33,797 to £40,322

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Additional Information Likely to be eligible for Tradeable points

Placed on Thursday 10 June 2021

Closing date Sunday 27 June 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference SB8163R

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The Department of Psychology at the University of Bath are seeking a researcher to work on an important project looking at the design and development of tool-supported approaches to policing child sexual offences. The project is funded by the Home Office and in collaboration with the National Crime Agency.

We are seeking to appoint either a research assistant (grade 6) or research associate (grade 7), dependent on experience and PhD status.

Your main duties will include:

  • Coding sensitive data in a reliable manner in accordance with a pre-specified coding framework.
  • Conducting literature reviews on topics as guided by the research investigators.
  • Conducting qualitative interviews with research participants.
  • Analysing and interpreting research findings and results.
  • Preparing professional, written reports.
  • Working with academic and operational colleagues to ensure the achievement of research objectives and that deadlines are met.

Some elements of the project must occur on a secure site due to the nature of the material. Therefore, applicants will need to be prepared to travel to work at a secure site (most likely in London) for at least two days a week. The three remaining days (at least initially) could be home-based, as long as the candidate was prepared to travel to the University of Bath for meetings, when required. 

Prior experience in the field of online child sexual abuse / offending and/or working with sensitive data is highly advantageous.

For further details, see the person specifications (grades 6 and 7) associated with this post.

Special conditions

All candidates working on secure sites must undergo national security vetting with a requirement to obtain and maintain Security Check clearance. Please note, applicants must have lived in the UK for 3 of the last 5 years to be eligible.

Once we have interviewed and selected a candidate, you must be prepared to go through vetting before receiving a formal offer of employment. 

This new post is expected to commence as soon as possible following security clearance. The research contract is initially agreed until 31 March 2022 (12 months of an envisaged 31-month project); however, whilst follow-on funding is anticipated, it cannot be guaranteed.

About us

The University of Bath ranks 6th in Guardian University Guide 2021. 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 to work. 

Our Department of Psychology is world-renowned for its excellence in research and teaching, regularly appearing in the top 5 in national league tables (e.g., The Complete University Guide). With more than 50 academic staff and 600 undergraduates and postgraduates, research in the department occurs across more than six sub-disciplines in psychology, including clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, forensic, health, and social psychology. The Department of Psychology has a purpose-built £30 million building, containing 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs for interview, social group observation, EEG/ERP, virtual reality, psychobiology, eye-tracking, pain, cross-modal, and computerised testing.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, chg26@bath.ac.uk. Please make sure all applications are completed via the University of Bath job site.

What we can offer you:

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. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage  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.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.