Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Social Sciences

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
08 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Sep 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 12 months
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 09/09/2020

Role Description

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) 

Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI) welcomes applications for this very exciting postdoc opportunity from applicants that hold a PhD, or equivalent degree, in social sciences, with particular emphasis on qualitative analysis. This is a 1-year postdoctoral position to contribute to several ongoing research projects.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE) leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission for the themes of Water, Energy and Power and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

We are known for our excellence in research that transforms external organisations and for our powerful industry links and real world focus. Key research funders include the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), energy companies, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Union, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and UK water utilities.

Water and Design is a key research theme at Cranfield encompassing our teaching and research for environmental goods and services. With a strong engineering and technology research base, supported by critical skills in the social sciences, the School offers a unique capability that addresses the current agenda of industry, government and non-governmental organisations. Research intensive and client-focused, we also deliver a vibrant postgraduate teaching programme which meets the current and emerging needs of employers in the sector.

You will have a specific set of responsibilities within established research projects, including the coordination of specific research activities, the preparation of project reports and deliverables, and help deliver high quality knowledge dissemination activities via effective written and oral communication skills.

Occasional contributions to other research activities within CWSI and across the University sponsored by commercial and government clients are a possibility. You will also be encouraged to make a contribution to the Institute’s teaching activities, take on supervisory responsibilities where opportunities arise, and be an active and visible publisher of academic papers.

We are looking for candidates that meet the following criteria:

  • PhD, or equivalent degree, in social sciences, with particular emphasis on qualitative analysis (or close to completion)
  • Extensive research project experience in a relevant field
  • Experience using social science approaches, mainly qualitative and mixed methods analysis techniques
  • Experience in preparing, editing and submitting high quality written research outputs
  • Presentation experience at national or international conferences
  • Understanding of the  water-related challenges for different sectors (e.g., public water supply, agriculture)
  • Demonstrable, deep understanding of own research field and agenda
  • Excellent project and time management skills, ensuring that milestones and deliverables are achieved to time and to high quality
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High degree of personal motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Dedicated and flexible approach to work
  • The willingness and ability to travel and work overseas for short periods with national and international partners

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Dolores Rey Vicario, Lecturer in Water Policy and Economics, on

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