John Smith Centre Research Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Social & Political Sciences

The John Smith Centre Research Associate will make a leading contribution to the project: The Public Understanding of Public Service. This project is designed to deepen our understanding of how the public view and evaluate the role and performance of public servants, especially elected representatives across the UK. Whilst the Research Associate will play an important role in finalising the research design, the project will involve the development and fielding of a substantial online survey following an extensive review of the existing theoretical and empirical research in the field. In addition, we anticipate undertaking a focused set of interviews and related analyses. As such, the job requires expert knowledge in the areas of public opinion (public political trust & institutional support), political participation and engagement and/or political representation. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow. Whilst it is envisaged that the successful candidate will be located at the University of Glasgow throughout the duration of the post, alternative, remote working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate (with the expectation that the post-holder spend some time resident in the Centre).

Job Purpose
To make a leading contribution to the project: The Public Understanding of Public Service. The project is designed to develop our understanding of how the public view and evaluate the role and performance of public servants, especially elected representatives across the UK. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the areas of public opinion (public political trust & institutional support), political participation and engagement and political representation. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 - £38,833 pro rata, per annum.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

This post is being offered on a 0.5 FTE basis for 12 months, with the option of 1.0 FTE for 6 months by negotiation.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy reference: 019014, closing date: 26 November 2017.

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