Research Assistant/Associate: "Beyond the Multiplex" - B104973R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Geography, Politics & Sociology

£27,285 - £28,936 per annum (without PhD)
£29,799 - £38,833 per annum (PhD Awarded)

You will undertake research for the AHRC project ‘Beyond the Multiplex: audiences for specialised film in English Regions’. The post involves undertaking interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders in regional cinema and members of the community, collating and analysing quantitative and qualitative data. You will support the development of the database and analytical tools (technical knowledge not required) and contribute to the data and written outputs. You should be able to work in an interdisciplinary environment of sociologists, audience studies, film studies and digital humanities scholars. You will write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.

You should have a first degree in social sciences or a cognate discipline such as media studies, cultural studies and social or cultural geography and have completed or about to complete PhD (i.e. post-viva) or have equivalent research experience. You should have the skills to undertake qualitative interviews, focus groups that incorporate visual methods, and survey research methods. You should have knowledge about data management and have an interest in digital methods of data analysis. You should have knowledge and expertise in sociologically informed debates in audience studies, cultural participation and film culture. You should have good communication skills in order to engage effectively with wide and diverse audiences, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.

You will join a vibrant sociological research community in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, working with project partners from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at York University, the Digital Humanities Institute at Sheffield University, and Cultural Policy at Liverpool University.

The post is fixed term until 31st May 2020.

This post is initially based at Newcastle University, however will transfer to University of Glasgow in late-Spring/Summer 2018.

For further details please contact Professor Bridgette Wessels, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. Tel. 0191 2087920. Email:

The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

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