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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
33,309 - 40,927 a year
Interview Date
15th October 2021
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Role Description


The Department of Social Policy & Social Work is seeking a full-time research associate to work with Professor John Hudson on a programme of research on the politics of welfare and well-being.  The research will involve investigation of a range of issues relating to welfare and well-being that might be approached from either a UK only or cross-national comparative perspective.  Specific focal points will include projects on attitudes to welfare, cross-national comparisons of child well-being outcomes and theories of policy making. 


The main purpose of the role is to assist with conducting research, preparing applications for external funding, and writing for publication. The role will also involve some teaching at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels. The role holder must have strong knowledge of debates around the politics of social policy and of quantitative research techniques including a good knowledge of key cross-national data sets used to compare social policy outcomes in OECD countries.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will have a first degree in social policy or other relevant subject and a PhD (awarded or submitted) in social policy (or closely related subject) or equivalent  experience. You will have knowledge in issues around the politics of welfare and well-being, an understanding of major comparative welfare state theories and key theories of the policy making process, knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including well developed quantitative analysis skills and knowledge of key methods used in comparative social policy analysis, and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals through connection with at least one of its core research themes. You will have highly developed communication skills, the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals, ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, and competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, writing up research work for publication, the ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative. You will also have experience of teaching. You will have good attention to detail and commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos, interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project(s), a positive attitude to colleagues and students, a willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions, and have the ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines, including using your initiative to plan research programmes. You will have a commitment to personal development and updating of your knowledge and skills.

Interview date: 15th October 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact John Hudson.

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