Research Assistant - Department of Sociology

London (GB)
(£)34804 to 36914
Jul 23, 2020
End of advertisement period
Sep 20, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Part Time

Research Assistant - Permanent with funding for 3 years

Reference Number 60031114
Location Northampton Square
School / Service School of Arts & Social Sciences
Department Department of Sociology
Contract Duration Permanent
Hours Part-time
Salary Range (£)34804 to 36914


Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

The Department of Sociology is a leading centre for research and education. In REF 2014 74% of its submitted research was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, increasing from 45% in the 2008 RAE and the Department was ranked equal 16th in the UK.

The Department delivers research-led education across a range of areas to approximately 600 students.

The Department of Sociology at City, University of London seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to work alongside Dr Dan Mercea, Co-Principal Investigator on the project “ProDem - Protests and Democracy: How Movement Parties, Social Movements, and Active Citizens are Reshaping Europe”. The project aims to comparatively assess the medium and long-term effects of the triple interaction between citizens, social movements, and movement parties in 6 European countries. The part time position, available for three years, is funded through an award by the Volkswagen Stiftung. 


The position is available part-time; initially 0.2 FTE for the first year, reducing to 0.1 FTE for years 2 & 3. The post is funded for 36 months, specific hours can be negotiated. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Dan Mercea

The key responsibilities of the role will involve assisting the principal investigator with preparing items for a cross-national survey. This work will include contributions to a literature review and online database queries for protest event information.

The role will also involve assisting the research team in the communication of the main research findings to non-academic third-parties, assisting with publishing materials online, and the organization of public events.

Full details of the responsibilities of the role and person specification can be found in the attached job description.

Person Specification

The successful candidate has been or is about to be awarded a Master’s degree in political science, sociology, communication studies or a related social science discipline, will be joining an international research team, to contribute to assist with different aspects of the research project including data management—collection, cleaning, analysis and storage—literature reviews and the public communication of research findings. The empirical data will comprise survey, interview, media and social media data.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm 20th September 2020

The role is available from 1st December 2020

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity

Academic excellence for business and the professions

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