Catalyst Project Senior Research Officer

University of Essex - Strategic Planning and Change

Catalyst Project

The Catalyst project at the University of Essex is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and provides a unique opportunity to bring together the University’s world leading expertise in data sharing and data analytics in the Data Research Centre, with Essex and Suffolk County Council’s strength in policy innovation to address policy priorities of local and national importance.

The Evaluation Program of the Catalyst Project (University of Essex) is seeking to expand its team of expert researchers working in the area of program, impact and policy evaluation, based at our Colchester Campus, who will be working closely with partners in Councils and Local Authority organisations in the area and elsewhere.

Role and Duties

This post will involve facilitating interactions with these organisations to:

  • Develop a methodology to assess public service programs and projects that will underpin the development of a general evaluation tool.
  • Develop a set of evaluation techniques that will be applied within the context of local authority and public policy and will be embedded in the evaluation tool.
  • Deliver training and promote the evaluation framework toolkit to local authorities in Essex, Suffolk and elsewhere.

The post-holder will be expected to support other colleagues in the writing of research papers, involving where applicable other researchers, and to be committed to the publication of research in academic outlets as well as making presentations at local events and national conferences. This support will build on an outstanding existing publication record which will provide a strong entry for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. 

Qualifications and Skills

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in a relevant social science of quantitative discipline, or be in the final stages of completion.

Experience of working with quantitative date; using analytical software such as R, Stata, SAS or SPSS beyond beginner level; designing and conducting evaluations of programmes, projects, or initiatives; and using social media platforms for promoting academic research are all essential for the post.

We are seeking a candidate with an independent research reputation within a relevant field, with good interpersonal, communication and general management skills, and who has an aptitude for team and collaborative working, with both internal and external stakeholders.

Due to the nature of the role, the appointment will be subject to a staff vetting process including a Disclosure Scotland check.

The appointment for this post will be made as Senior Research Officer and is fixed-term until 30 June 2019 due to a temporary funding source.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

Our website http://www.essex.ac.uk  contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please telephone (01206) 874588 / 873521.

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