Research Officer

London School of Economics and Political Science - Sociology Department

This is a fixed term full-time appointment for three years

We invite applications to work on an exciting research project ‘Human Rights, Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave’. This is a project funded by the Wellcome Trust.  The aim of this project is to research the history, cases and contexts, and ethical implications of forensic investigations of mass graves arising out of state and war crimes. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a burgeoning qualitative social researcher to work on this sociological project.

Working in close collaboration with the Project Lead (Principal Investigator), Dr Claire Moon, you will be expected to support her in the design and conduct of fieldwork, literature reviews, analysis of interviews, some Spanish to English translation, organising knowledge-exchange activities in London and Mexico, the management of project-specific social media, and preparing data for data sharing platforms.

You will have, or be near to completing, a PhD in sociology or a related social science in one or more of the following areas: human rights, humanitarianism, political violence, death and dying, justice or science and technology studies. You must be able to demonstrate the following: experience of designing and conducting fieldwork, including recruiting participants; experience of designing, conducting, coding and analysing qualitative interviews; experience of conducting literature surveys; an ability to analyse and research complex ideas and theories and apply appropriate methods and concepts to empirical data; a commitment to high quality academic research and a high standard of research ethics; written and spoken fluency in Spanish and English and the ability to conduct consecutive interpretation from Spanish to English; the ability to organise and manage public engagement activities.

Excellent IT skills and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and in a team. The post-holder will also need excellent organisation and planning skills. The post will involve fieldwork in Mexico.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to the vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Louise Fisher at .

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 16th March 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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