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Research Associate: Public Health, Youth, and Violence Reduction

The Open University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £33,797
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th January 2021
Closes: 27th January 2021
Job Ref: 17820

Terms: Fixed-term, two years full time (37 hours per week) or part time equivalent to be negotiated with successful candidate

Closing Date: 27th January 2021 - 12:00pm (midday)

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

We are looking for someone to make a leading contribution to the ESRC study: Public Health, Youth and Violence Reduction. The project responds to the urgent social problem of serious violence between young people by seeking to establish a new evidence-base on public health approaches to violence reduction. Your role on the project will involve exploring the scope and nature of public health approaches, as well as the way these approaches transfer between jurisdictions to shape policy, guide best practice, and inform public debate.

Skills and experience

Potential candidates should have knowledge and experience of conducting ethnographic and participatory research approaches, and research methods such as participant observation, interviews and focus groups. You should also have skills that will enable you to take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with academic and non-academic partners, including community partners, relevant to the project. Excellent oral communication skills are required, as well as an ability to write to a high academic standard.

Potential candidates must have a PhD in Criminology, Sociology or related disciplines (such as Urban Studies, Social Policy or Public Health), or possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and research experience.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

Please submit an electronic application by clicking on ‘Apply’ and following the instructions on our website.

As part of the application process, you will be required to upload your CV and a personal statement of no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the person specification.

If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference above.

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