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Research Associate/Fellow Modelling and Measurement (Fixed Term)

University of Nottingham - Social Sciences

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st September 2021
Closes: 20th October 2021
Job Ref: SOC280621X1

Location: University Park

Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Interview Date: To be confirmed

This role is part of the Rights Lab, a University of Nottingham “Beacon of Excellence” delivering world-leading research about modern slavery. The role-holder will deliver new modelling and measurement research within the Rights Lab’s Business and Economies Programme. 

This research programme has strong collaborations with colleagues in Maths, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Business, Geography and Political Science, among other Schools, and the successful candidate’s research group membership can include one or more of these Schools as well as the multi-disciplinary Rights Lab. You will be working closely with computer scientists, mathematicians (including Sir Bernard Silverman), engineers, and geospatial scientists, as well as business scholars.

The person appointed will conduct modelling research in a range of societal systems, with a focus on economies and supply chains. The research team uses methods that include modelling and simulation, computational social science, and the analytical techniques of operations research. The role-holder will apply and develop tools and methodologies, and work on academic articles and research reports.

Current areas of focus in this research programme include the development of a risk assessment tool that assesses exposure to modern slavery risk in global businesses; a collaboration with a large inter-governmental organisation applying and developing data science, statistical and algorithmic techniques to procurement data across multiple countries; and a data engineering partnership with a large global business to develop indicators.

The research work is international in scope, and covers a wide range of approaches, forms of exploitation, and contexts. Applications are therefore welcome from researchers who wish to bring their particular perspective or method to the programme. The role-holder will have the opportunity to shape a new research agenda based on their interests and expertise, and be supported to use their initiative and creativity to identify new project areas. The role-holder will be supported to develop their own funding proposals and fellowships for future research.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates or applicants who are close to completion, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience and those without a PhD but with equivalent professional experience. This is a full-time role, available until 30 July 2022 but with the potential for extension. We will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE). 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to alexander.trautrims@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Further details:

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see  our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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