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Research Associate

Centre for Applied Human Rights
33,309 per year
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
Interview date
25 August 2022
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Role Description

Centre for Applied Human Rights

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), with its two sponsoring Departments - the Department of Politics and the York Law School - have agreed to coordinate and support research and teaching-related engagement with the city of York. CAHR is already embedded in the city through its work supporting York as a human rights city.

We want to appoint a research associate, based at CAHR but working with colleagues across the two Departments to support this initiative. As a first project, the successful candidate will focus on the York Poverty Truth Commission, complementing its staff at YorkCVS, with research on issues arising from the Commission.


The main role is:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of teaching opportunities, research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects
  • To identify and begin to support impact related research collaborations in the city  

The key responsibilities are:

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including public engagement and outreach activities
  • To develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally, duties to include: the building of internal contacts and participation in internal networks; participation in and identification of external networks in the city York;
  • To co-produce collaborative impact-related initiatives, linked to the research projects and proposals; and set up a system for documenting impacts in the City on an ongoing basis;
  • To develop teaching and pedagogical opportunities for students linked to this research and impact work
  • To provide guidance to other staff, students and local organisations, as required.     

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in a social science subject
  • PhD in human rights or equivalent  experience
  • Knowledge in human rights to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required
  • Ability to link research to real-world impact, and document impact in an ongoing manner
  • Ability to develop pedagogical and training opportunities for students linked to the research and impact agenda
  • Ability to support a network with non-academic partners

Interview date: 25 August 2022

For informal enquiries: Please contact Paul Gready on

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We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

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