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Social Scientist in People-Environment Studies

The James Hutton Institute

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £31,522
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th November 2021
Closes: 23rd December 2021
This is a temporary, full time vacancy that will close in a month at 23:59 GMT.

The Vacancy

The post is a three year ‘tenure track’ position, which means that, subject to funding availability and satisfactory academic performance, the contract may be extended.

Working within an interdisciplinary group including sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, psychologists and economists, this post contributes to the development of social scientific research on person-environment relationships. The postholder will be expected to contribute to a portfolio of work in the SEGS department, and will be encouraged to develop their own theoretical approach to understanding people-environment relationships as part of a group of researchers working on ‘People and Places’. The main purpose of this post is to develop and implement transdisciplinary and applied research on planning and people-environment relationships.  The postholder will contribute to the successful delivery of a portfolio of policy-focused research with a strong theoretical underpinning.

This requires an individual who combines a strong social science background with an interest in making an impact on policy and practice. Tasks will include research design, primary and secondary data collection and analysis; knowledge exchange/co-construction and publishing in scientific journals.

Main Duties of Postholder

  • Research Project design, management, reporting and evaluation
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with stakeholder organisations
  • Primary data collection (qualitative or quantitative) including instrument design and piloting, stakeholder liaison and participant recruitment
  • Data management, including data checking & data cleaning
  • Participatory research and sensitive management of research relationships in line with ethical guidelines relating to researcher-researched relationships
  • Qualitative or Quantitative analysis of primary and/or secondary data
  • Dissemination of findings via scientific papers, policy briefs, popular articles and web pages
  • Assisting in the development of tenders for external funding

Person Specification

Essential:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology, geography,, politics, sociology, anthropology, etc)
  • Demonstrable interest and experience in people-environment relationships
  • Strong team working skills
  • Experience of qualitative or quantitative data collection & analysis techniques
  • Potential to publish high quality, peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deliver to multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong skills in developing accessible materials to support communication
  • Fit with the ethos of the department and the Institute
  • Strong oral communication skills

Desirable:

  • Experience working with both academic and non-academic stakeholders
  • Track record of publication in academic journals
  • Facilitation and workshop design skills
  • Experience in applying for research funding
  • Experience of designing and implementing mixed methods research
  • An awareness of the open science movement, and an interest in applying open science principles within the social sciences

Informal enquiries about the post and nature of the work can be made to Liz.Dinnie@hutton.ac.uk

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