Research Associate

Loughborough University - Department of Social Sciences

Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

Department of Social Sciences

Part-time, 0.4 FTE, fixed-term position from 3 September 2018 to 1 December 2019.

The Department of Social Sciences are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work with Professor Elizabeth Peel on the ESRC-funded research project 'Reforming Legal Gender Identity'. In the global north, sex and gender are changing. With these changes come new dilemmas for governance structures that use sex and gender as key markers of identity. This fascinating project poses the question: should government retain the current system of a legal gender assigned at birth? And if the present system should be reformed, what are the implications of different alternatives?

This exciting two day a week role focuses on understanding what legal gender means for a demographically diverse population, examining attitudes to reform options and the current legal framework among different communities. The researcher's main responsibilities are to conduct quantitative and qualitative research, organise and manage project data, arrange events and meetings relating to research, project management, and contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research. Quantitative and qualitative skills will be needed as methods include an online public attitudes survey, video/audio recordings of everyday life, and semi-structured qualitative interviews.

The successful applicant will be an experienced researcher with postgraduate training in feminism/gender studies and a background in social psychology, sociology, law, or a cognate discipline as relevant to the project focus. She/he will be experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methods. She/he will need to be highly technologically literate with excellent communication skills.

The successful candidate will primarily work with Professor Elizabeth Peel (Department of Social Sciences). She/he will also collaborate closely with the wider ESRC project team (PI Professor Davina Cooper, Dickson Poon School of Law King's College London; CIs Dr Flora Renz and Professor Emily Grabham at Kent Law School; and the full-time project RA Robyn Emerton based at King's College London).

Applicants should possess a good honours degree combined with a Masters in a relevant subject. A PhD is preferable.

Informal enquiries should be made by email to Professor Elizabeth Peel, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University (

Closing date for receipt of applications is: Monday 30 April 2018.

Interviews (including presentation) will be held on: Wednesday 23 May 2018.

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality and valuing diversity in all aspects of employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


Midlands of England