Research Assistant

University of Kent - School of Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations is seeking to appoint an ambitious and highly motivated Research Assistant for the project “Security Sector Reform and the Stability of Post-war Peace”. We would especially welcome applications from candidates with a quantitative methodological background.

This is a fixed term role for a period up to 30 April 2019 and part-time (15 hours per week)

The main aim of the project is to identify why Security Sector Reform (SSR) leads to post-war peace in some cases but not in others. SSR is commonly defined as changes in the structure and conduct of those state institutions responsible for the prosecution and punishment of non-legal manifestations of violence: the military, police, and judiciary. The project uses a mixed-method research design that connects theory-building case studies (done in the first half of 2017) with theory-testing statistical analysis.

As a Research Assistant you will be required to contribute to the delivery of the milestones of the project in terms of quantitative research on security sector reform in post-conflict countries. This includes collection of data, data processing, and analysis and interpretation of data on the topic. You will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the quantitative research on the topic.

To succeed in this role you will:

  • Have extensive training and qualifications in quantitative method and successful research skills and experience.
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly R, SPSS or Stata.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills

Politics was one of the four founding disciplines in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Kent and has always been strong in staff and student numbers. The School currently has particular strengths in Politics, International Relations, Political Thought, European Politics and International Conflict Analysis.

It’s an exciting time to be working at the University of Kent – we are a leading UK university producing world-class research and excellent teaching. Our reputation as a good place to work is reflected in our top ranking in the THE Best University Workplace Survey for two years running. We are a major employer with around 3,000 staff from over 120 countries, including more than 900 academic and research staff, and a full range of commercial services and administration staff.

Closing date for applications: 20 August 2017.

Interviews are to be held: 04 September 2017

If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS1255.

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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