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Graduate Research Assistant

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Location: Cornwall
Salary: The starting salary will be from £27,924 up to £35,326 (pro rata) on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: P77750

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

This part time (0.6 FTE) position is available from January 2022 on a fixed term basis until 31 July 2022.

Summary of the role

The College wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Dr Joanie Willett. This 0.6 FTE ESRC Impact Accelerator Award funded post is available on a fixed term basis from January 2022 until 31 July 2022. The funding is to conduct research around/ build on the outputs of a pilot project linking primary school students with local businesses, to help children consider the kinds of jobs and careers that are available locally.  

 The role has 3 phases. 

  1. You will interview children and businesses to consider what worked well and what could be improved. You will transcribe, and do a preliminary analysis of these interviews.
  2. You will work with our project partners to develop tools to enable other school and businesses to do similar work.
  3. You will help to develop an ESRC funding application for a bigger project.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. You will be an empathetic researcher, able to use a variety of tools to communicate with a range of different persons, including children, their parents, and business leaders.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. You will to work in a team and autonomously (under the direction of the project leaders). Understanding about primary education and the structures that primary teachers work within would be an advantage.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website for full details of this role.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

Further information

For further information please contact Joanie Willett, e-mail

The closing date for completed applications is 1 November 2021. Interviews are expected to take place in late November.

You will need to consent to a DBS check in order to complete this role.

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