Research Assistant (ESRC project)

Swansea University - College of Arts and Humanities

Main Purpose of the post:

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on the ESRC funded project ‘Enablement besides Constraints: Human security and a cyber Multi-disciplinary framework in the European High North’.

This is a two-year appointment. The post-holder will join a team of researchers examining the impact of digitalisation on the social exclusion of marginalised and vulnerable groups in the European High North from a human security perspective.

The successful candidate will hold a postgraduate degree in international relations and have the requisite language skills to access primary and secondary research materials relating to the European arctic populations. The Research Assistant should have strong planning and research skills and expect to be involved in all aspects of data collection, analysis, and dissemination through high quality publications, conferences and workshops. The post holder will be expected to work closely with the Principal Investigator but also to demonstrate initiative.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducting interviews with stakeholders in the European arctic.
  2. Contributing to the content and production of publications and research reports based on the project team’s findings (e.g. edited volume and special issue of journal).
  3. Helping to organise seminars and workshops and producing social media updates, using a range of platforms, to generate and extend interest in the research project.
  4. Producing high quality research outputs suitable for publication in international peer-reviewed journals, under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.
  5. Working with the project team to disseminate the project’s findings beyond the academic community in accordance with its impact strategy.
  6. Contributing to the planning of, and actively participating in, the project meetings and planned dissemination events.

This appointment in the College has a number of generic objectives common to research appointments. These relate to developing and generating novel research concepts, designs, directions, and outputs in areas related to the discipline.

Person Specification :

Essential Criteria

  1. Ability to speak Norwegian, Swedish or Finnish.
  2. A postgraduate degree in International Relations.
  3. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project.
  4. Evidence of planning and time management skills relevant to the research project.
  5. Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  6. Experience of using social media to publicise research findings.
  7. Ability to travel between sites/locations as necessary.       

  Desirable Criteria

  1. Ability to speak Welsh.
  2. Experience of conducting oral research interviews.
  3. Knowledge of the European High North/arctic region and human security.
  4. Evidence of commitment to Continued Professional Development

This is a part-time, fixed-term position from 1 October 2017 to 9 August 2019.

Hours of work will be 16 per week.

It is anticipated that interviews for this post will be held in the week commencing 4th September 2017.

For more information or to apply on line please visit:

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Mike Sheehan at   

Closing date is 11pm on Friday, 1st September 2017.

Swansea University is a registered charity. No.1138342.

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