Research Assistant

University of Kent - School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join their team to assist Dr Joy Zhang's project “Governing Accountability in China’s Life Sciences”.

You will play a key role in writing a research report on global debates of genetically modified (GM) food and GM policy making, which will be fed into a stakeholder training workshop in China, spring 2017. You will also organise events and will also actively promote public interest for the project through various promotional activities.

Please note that while knowledge of China is preferable, candidates without either Chinese language skills or prior knowledge of China are invited to apply.

The position is offered on a part time basis (0.5FTE) for a fixed period of 8 months starting 10 January 2017.

As Research Assistant you will:

  • Assist with writing a research report.
  • Organise two key project events.
  • Actively promote public interest for the project.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience of academic writing and literature reviews.
  • The ability to write effective and concise reports.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the largest departments of its type in the UK, and is the largest department in the Faculty of Social Science.

The School has a strong research culture; in REF 2014 research by the School was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK. It was also 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA).

An impressive 94% of our research-active staff were submitted to the REF. 99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%. The School currently has over 150 staff spread across the two campuses. The post holder will benefit from being located in a vibrant and supportive research culture.

Further Information

Interviews are to be held: w/c 14 November 2016.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Caren Ward on

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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