Research Assistant

University of Dundee - Geography and Environmental Science

Full-time Fixed-term from 1 November 2017 (or as soon as possible) to 30 April 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant on a prestigious research project funded by the Nordforsk consortium as part of their Nordic Society Security Programme ( ‘Taking Surveillance Apart?: Accountability and Legitimacy of Internet Surveillance and Expanded Investigatory Powers’ is led by Dr Megan O'Neill from the University of Dundee, Scotland. UK project members come from the University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, St Andrews University and the University of Glasgow. Project members from the Nordic region include Uppsala University (Sweden), The Police University College of Finland and the Norwegian Police University College. The Research Assistant will be based at the University of Dundee and supervised by Dr Megan O’Neill.

Education / Qualifications

Essential: PhD in a social science, or near submission of PhD

Desirable: Master’s degree in Social Research Methods in addition to PhD in a relevant subject area

Work Experience

Essential: Experience of conducting qualitative research, experience of qualitative data analysis, a working understanding of questionnaire design and analysis, experience of literature review and analysis

Desirable: Experience of mixed-methods research (such as Q methodology); experience of quantitative data analysis; experience of researching the police, policing, surveillance, legal analysis or online research methods; project report writing experience; experience of web site maintenance and social media; project management experience

Personal Qualities and Abilities

Essential: Ability to conduct independent research, ability to work well in a team, excellent communication skills, excellent time management skills

Knowledge of appropriate IT applications (such as Microsoft Office and data analysis software packages such as NVivo)

Ability to work with a diverse range of people, ability to travel to research sites in the UK and abroad with overnight stays, availability to attend meetings in the UK and abroad, with overnight stays

Desirable: Driver’s licence and own car

Any Additional Information

Further details are available by sending an email to Dr Megan O’Neill,

If the successful candidate does not have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area, appointment will be made to Training Grade 7 (£28,098 - £30,688).

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.
The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.
The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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