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Senior Research Associate in Interdisciplinary Research Methods

University of Bristol - Department of Civil Engineering

Location: Bristol
Salary: £38,587 to £43,434 Grade J
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105572

The role

The Department of Civil Engineering is seeking to appoint a highly capable researcher with an interest in understanding inter- and transdisciplinary research. The successful applicant will join a large, newly formed research consortium whose aim is to reduce the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases on urban populations. 

This post will make an important contribution to the 5-year TRUUD project - Tackling the Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development - funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (administered by the Medical Research Council). This project involves collaboration across a wide range of disciplines comprising engineering, public policy, public health, urban studies, law, economics, management, real estate and lay public engagement, and this multi-disciplinary consortium comprises academics from five leading UK research universities (Bristol, Bath, University of the West of England, Manchester and Reading).  

There will also be the opportunity and need to contribute to the development of a community of practice across the UKPRP projects in a theme investigating what makes ‘good’ inter/trans-disciplinary research.   

In this role, you would be well-supported and part of a team of four academics working collaboratively on the cross-cutting systems science and the meta-research and evaluation.

What will you be doing?

This role will support deliver a meta-research and evaluation of the TRUUD research during a pivotal stage in the project.  It will require you to observe, describe and facilitate coproduced learning from the multidisciplinary research project, with the aim of maximising research impact:

  • How can we better understand and characterise inter- and trans-disciplinary research and use this to enhance research impact?
  • What learning and reflection can be deployed to enhance the impact of TRUUD itself during the course of the project?

This research will entail conducting a second round of qualitative interviewing and data analysis, plus organising and running of a number of workshops according to need.  The results will be delivered in a written report, and there is the intention that this research can be self-contained, giving the opportunity of delivering a conference paper or journal article at the end.  In addition, there will be the need to support the formation of the UKPRP community of practice and to help facilitate learning and knowledge sharing across the networks and research consortia.

You should apply if

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to this high-profile, large-scale project by applying innovative systems approaches and transdisciplinary research to the nexus of public health, urban land and design of the built environment.  Requirements for the role are:

Essential

  • A good first degree in relevant STEM or social science discipline.
  • A Masters, PhD or equivalent postgraduate research degree in a related area of research.
  • Excellent writing skills, and the demonstrable ability to produce high quality academic outputs, with examples of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in your field.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to a range of people, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Desirable

  • Experience of qualitative research, interviewing and use of NVIVO
  • Experience in the design and running of workshop events.

Additional information

For informal queries regarding the role please contact Dr Ges Rosenberg: Ges.rosenberg@Bristol.ac.uk.

To find out more about what it's like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog: https://engineeringincludesme.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/

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