Research Assistant

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
From £28,331 per annum
23 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


School of History & Heritage

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £28,331 per annum
Please note this post is full-time 1.0 FTE and fixed term for 12 months
Closing Date:   Sunday 17 November 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 04 December 2019

Following a successful research proposal, "Mapping and Diagnosing Mental Health in/and the UK University Sector", funded by the Wellcome Trust, applications are invited for a Research Assistant (12 months, 1.0 FTE) to work on this exciting project at the University of Lincoln. The successful applicant will have extensive relevant research skills in combination with a Masters degree or above.

The project brings together a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of researchers who will advance new tools and produce a framework to map and begin to interpret the relationship between two features central to UK Higher Education: (i) the complex network of sectoral, para-sectoral and private organisations reshaping the operations of the twenty-first century university; (ii) the growing preoccupation with and interventions related to university student and staff mental health. The specific goal is to produce the first systems/network analysis to map actors/organisations with significant influence on mental health and well-being in UK universities. The project will also collect and assess policies and documents surrounding university staff and student mental health.

The principal investigator of the project is Dr Leon Rocha (School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln), and the co-investigators are Dr Philip Garnett (The York Management School, University of York) and Professor Felicity Callard (Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London). There is a wider group of approximately 15 collaborators.

The successful candidate will conduct desk-based research for generating datapoints for UK Higher Education Network mapping and document analyses, will assist in the maintenance of the project website, and will organise workshops and public engagement events in Lincoln and London. The project would suit applicants with interest/expertise in relation to UK Higher Education policy and/or mental health, as well as those with working knowledge of--or willingness to learn the basics of--computer scripting/coding (e.g. Cypher, MySQL, or Java).