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Fisher Research Fellow: Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd October 2019
Closes: 22nd November 2019
Job Ref: 95198

Fixed term until August 31, 2021

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792 Grade 7

The Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) is a research centre that has been operating across the Schools of Social Policy and the Business School for the past 10 years. It focuses on all aspects of work on personal financial wellbeing, including savings, pensions, social care costs, financial inclusion, financial capability, housing and related personal and household finance fields.

CHASM is made up of 12 core members (including one current part time Senior Research Fellow one part-time Research Fellow) four Honorary Research Fellows and more than 20 internal and external associates.

This post will enable the successful applicant to work across a range of projects currently in operation or under development in the Centre where research skills of particularly a quantitative nature will be utilised. Some application of qualitative research skills will also form part of this role.

The post holder will report at the University of Birmingham to the Centre Director, Professor Andy Lymer. The post holder will become part of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in the School of Social Policy or the Business School.

Main Duties include:

  • Assisting, where relevant, in working with the principal investigator (PI) to co-ordinate research activities         
  • Working on a day-to-day basis with the PI and other members of the CHASM Centre team.
  • To manage and analyse survey data as part of projects.
  • To manage data for appropriate sharing and archiving, including taking appropriate care to ensure preservation of confidentiality where required.
  • To present research outputs in academic publications and at seminars and conferences.
  • To disseminate research findings for a range of research users including through electronic means across a range of social media channels.
  • To undertake management and administration arising from research.
  • To undertake qualitative interviews and focus groups where required and to analyse the results of data so collected. 
  • To ensure key research contributions are successfully completed within allocated resources and keep progress under regular review.
  • Maintain a high output of academic publications of exceptional quality, in line with the dissemination strategy, to include sole- and co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals and other agreed outputs. 

Requirements include:

  • A Degree in economics or health economics, politics, statistics, social policy, sociology, business or a related discipline, with demonstrable evidence of training in quantitative methods.
  • A completed (or near completion) PhD in one of the above disciplines, with demonstrable evidence of use of quantitative and/or qualitative work
  • Substantive expertise in social policy or a related academic area.
  • Experience of research utilising survey methods (including electronic survey data collection approaches).
  • Experience with multilevel and longitudinal modelling techniques.
  • Demonstrable quantitative analytical skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of use of appropriate statistical packages (e.g. STATA (preferred), R).

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Andy Lymer      

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit

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