Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Anglia Ruskin University - Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

Fixed term contract for 12 months.

Anglia Ruskin is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join the team in PIER to work on the National Active Risk Management System (ARMS for short) Evaluation project. Introduced in England and Wales in 2014, ARMS provides a national standard for the risk assessment and management planning of sexual offenders, and is currently used by all 43 Police forces in England and Wales as well as by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

Utilising a mixed methods approach, the evaluation of ARMS aims to identify how police and probation can most effectively use the risk assessment tool to manage and monitor registered sexual offenders in the community. Working collaboratively with the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), the results of the evaluation will be used to inform the future development of ARMS.

With a PhD, or nearing completion, in Social Sciences or a relevant subject, you’ll be highly professional when dealing with external agencies and members of professional bodies. You’ll have excellent written skills, preferably demonstrable through a track record of academic publications; you’ll be highly competent in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and data analysis techniques; and have excellent communication skills. You’ll also be proactive, have excellent time management and organisational skills, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a small team.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of an important piece of research with the potential to have significant impact on future developments in public protection throughout England and Wales, as well as develop your own academic career and profile.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Samantha Lundrigan, Director of PIER, at or on 01223 692201 or Dr. Natalie Mann, Principal Investigator, PIER, at

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