Skip to content

Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609 a year (reduced for part time working)
Apply by

Role Description

We are seeking to appoint an early career researcher to play a key role in the successful completion of a review of West Yorkshire Police's nationally innovative model for policing sex work in Leeds. The review is funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8PRP).

Your role will include: pulling together statistics (supplied by partners) on violence against sex workers in Leeds; conducting qualitative research with sex workers, police officers, other professionals and residents, including interviews and shadowing; analysis of qualitative data; supporting co-production of a 'best practice' tool in partnership with sex workers, police and an artist; providing administrative and event support; supporting writing up and dissemination of findings.

You should have a strong social policy/criminology degree and postgraduate qualifications training (PhD, Masters) or equivalent experience. You will have robust knowledge and experience of qualitative research with marginalised groups, and an understanding of issues sex workers face (including violence). The post requires strong organisational and collaboration skills and an empathic approach. You will be supportive of the inclusion of service users, in this case sex workers, in all aspects of the research process via a co-production approach. You will be supervised by the principle investigator.

You will be joining an active research community that encourages participation in departmental and university wide seminars and special interest groups, national and international conferences and forums and in engagement with service users and practitioners. The post offers support and provides opportunities for undertaking training to further your career development within research. 

Starting salary will be £31,604 per annum (reduced pro rata). The post is available from November 2018 for a period of 8 months. Hours of work will be 18.5 per week, which can be worked flexibly by agreement.

Interviews will take place on the 11 October 2018.

Please direct any informal queries to

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

      Athena Swan Bronze               

A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.