Research Associate (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate (fixed term)

Department Institute for Policy Research

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 11 September 2019

Closing date Wednesday 25 September 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference SJ7081

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The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath is seeking to appoint a Research Associate. Applications are welcome from outstanding candidates with research interests in public policy, politics and government, public health and/or urban policy. This is an exciting opportunity to work in the highly policy-relevant area of the urban environment and public health. You will be part of a consortium project entitled “Tackling the root causes upstream of unhealthy urban development”.The consortium aims to map out the complex system of decision making involved in urban development and to test how health issues linked to the built environment, in particular non-communicable diseases – e.g. respiratory illness and dementia linked to air pollution - can be factored into the decisions that shape our urban landscapes. We will provide decision-makers within two city/ city regions and in national government with evidence of what needs to change and how, then monitor subsequent impact. 

This ambitious project is being undertaken by a highly interdisciplinary consortium of academics across the UK, led by the University of Bristol’s Population Health Sciences department. This position is based in the IPR at the University of Bath. You will be line-managed by Professor Nick Pearce, IPR Director.  More details of the project can be found here:

On a fixed term contract of 30 months (2.5 years), you will be responsible for undertaking relevant literature reviews, contributing to a policy systems mapping exercise, and researching, arranging, coding and analysing interviews with civil servants and other policymakers, primarily but not exclusively in central government. You will be expected to contribute to elite journal publications and other outputs for practitioner/general audiences. 

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in a relevant field and strong research skills. Experience of research on public policy in the UK context is essential. The post is due to commence on 4th November 2019.

IPR aims to further the public good through research into issues of significant relevance to policy debate and decision-making. We work across the university and with external partners to enable effective research collaborations that contribute to tackling public policy challenges in the UK and beyond. We encourage collegiality and are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed to our fullest potential. The University of Bath offers a full range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, campus facilities and services to support staff from all genders and different backgrounds.

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