Research Associate in Politics

Birmingham, United Kingdom
£33,199 to £35,211 per annum (pro-rata)
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Languages & Social Sciences

Salary:  £33,199 to £35,211 per annum (pro-rata)
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (19 months)
Basis:  Part Time (0.8 - start date 1 March 2019)
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 30 November 2018
Interview Date:  Wednesday 12 December 2018
Reference:  R180465

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a project focusing on the contemporary challenges of German social democracy, conducted within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Aston University. The research is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

You will be supporting Dr Ed Turner and Dr Davide Vampa in gathering data on the organisation, supporters, electoral results and programmatic positions of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. You will also survey relevant literature and assist with the organisation and delivery of key project events, including some high-level seminars in the UK and Germany. Full details of the project are available on request from Dr Davide Vampa ( 


The role will principally be based at Aston University, at least for the first few months, in the heart of Birmingham. However, we would expect that extensive travel to Germany will be required. You will be responsible for gathering relevant quantitative and qualitative data and reviewing relevant literature. There will be the opportunity to work on co-authored publications (one article and one monograph) for the right applicant.

We anticipate that this would ideally suit someone with an interest in party politics, and with a degree (at least to MA level or equivalent) in a relevant social science discipline. Excellent knowledge of English and German is a prerequisite. 

The post is advertised at 0.8FTE, with precise terms to be negotiated with the right applicant.

The preferred start date for this role is 1 March 2019. 

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