Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a research interest in policing and vulnerable groups, and the interactions between them and other service providers? Are you committed to advancing understanding and shaping policies and practice in policing futures? Do you want to further your career at a leading research-intensive University?
You will work within the new ESRC funded research centre ‘Vulnerability and Policing Futures’, jointly led from York and Leeds universities by Professor Charlie Lloyd and Professor Adam Crawford along with a team of over 25 leading researchers from diverse social science disciplines. Working with a large team that includes data scientists, qualitative researchers, Associated PhD researchers and professional support staff, and alongside 38 regional, national and international partners, you will play an important role, assuming significant fieldwork and data collection responsibilities, as well as contributing to data analysis and writing up the findings. With a doctorate (or equivalent research experience) relevant to this research field and proven experience of empirical research, you will work with and support project work, that will include: conducting research activities and fieldwork; collecting data; synthesising existing evidence, developing research collaborations, report writing, and liaising with project partners.
These six posts represent an unparalleled opportunity to work on an exciting, new initiative in the field of Vulnerabilities and Policing. The Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre is one of six recently announced ESRC Centres and aims to build new interdisciplinary knowledge from problem-based and place-based perspectives about the interactions between vulnerability and service providers’ responses and to use these finding to build new, integrated and innovative approaches to harm reduction that address the needs of vulnerable groups. It has been funded over a five year period, from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2027, with the potential for a further five years of tapered funding thereafter. These are 5 year fixed term appointments, offering excellent development opportunities over this period.
You will work with Professor Charlie Lloyd (York), Professor Adam Crawford (Leeds) and a large team of academics and project partners across the country. You will be based in a supportive team, located at either York or Leeds and will work alongside the other research associates/fellows in delivering a number of research projects across our three work strands. All of this research will involve work on vulnerability and policing, whether working alongside data analysts to understand how policing interventions impact on the development of vulnerability in particular locations or researching the policing of particular vulnerable groups, such as those caught up in county lines, domestic violence, mental illness, online child sexual exploitation, modern slavery or homelessness. You will contribute to team meetings and, with the support of senior academics, present findings from your research to a variety of professional and public audiences.
These posts offer excellent potential to develop outstanding research careers. A generous training budget will be available and you will also be encouraged to attend conferences and other events, and publish research in leading academic journals. You will also play an active role in research translation, application and impact, working with police, public service and NGO partners on policy and practice development.
(Role holders will be required to undertake some or all of the duties below)
As we are seeking to fill six posts to contribute to the team as a whole, some post-holders may have skills in more qualitative social research or experience of public engagement, while others will have quantitative skills or data science experience. However, all researchers will work collectively, integrating these diverse types of methods, and will be committed to mixed methods approaches and open to developing their own research skills.
These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive or exhaustive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form. Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Interview date: 15 and 16 February 2022
Applications will be made online through the University of Leeds website.
Three posts will be based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York and three will be based in the School of Law at the University of Leeds.
There is a common application process for all posts. By applying, you are consenting to sharing your personal information and application details with both the University of Leeds and the University of York. Applicants are requested to identify their preferred place of employment.
We will be holding an online orientation briefing for anyone interested in finding out more about the posts. This will take place in the week commencing 10th January 2022 and a link will be sent out nearer the time to interested candidates. Sign up to receive further information and a link to the webinar.
For informal enquiries: please contact:
Professor Charlie Lloyd, York
Tel: ++44 (0)1904 321912
Professor Adam Crawford, Leeds
Tel: ++44 (0)113 343 5045
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