Research Associate

Kingston University - Department of Social Work and Social Care

Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research group and be part of an innovative research project into system conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s social care. The position is dedicated to the quantitative strand of a two-year mixed methods study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which will play a prominent role in a national programme of research into child welfare systems in the UK.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post, from 2 April 2018 to 31st March 2020, based at the Kingston Hill Campus of Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames.

The Person

The ideal candidate should have demonstrable knowledge of advanced quantitative analysis; expertise in statistical software such as SPSS, Stata, R, or other relevant statistical software; expertise in compiling and analysing longitudinal datasets; and a strong research interest in health and social care in England. Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely and to present to both academic and non-academic audiences, as well as good interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team, are essential. A post-graduate research qualification, preferably at doctoral level, in a quantitative social science discipline, such as social policy, sociology, economics, psychology, and social statistics, and/or a background in epidemiology or other quantitative health-related discipline, are not essential but would be an advantage.

The Faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, to offer preregistration and post-qualifying courses in education, allied health and social work.

Both universities work closely with employers to provide practical and theoretical teaching and skills development using the latest technologies and facilities. By proactively responding to employer and sector changes, the partnership is a major influencer on policies, practice, and shaping the future healthcare workforce in London.

In the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (2014), 74 per cent of the Faculty’s research was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent, and all of the pre-registration degree courses were ranked first, second or third in London (Guardian League Table, 2017).

With more than 3,000 students based at campuses in Kingston and Tooting, the Faculty offers courses in education, nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography, rehabilitation sciences, and social work; as well as a range of workforce development modules programmes and CPD.

Further information

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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