Post Doctoral Research Associate - School of Social and Political Sciences

Lincoln, Lincolnshire (GB)
From £33,797 per annum
11 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Post Doctoral Research Associate
School of Social and Political Sciences
Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £33,797 per annum
This post is full time for 36 months.
Closing Date:   Wednesday 02 September 2020
Reference:  CSS529

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced social scientist to contribute to a new 3-year research study in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Applications are invited for a Post Doctoral Research Associate to contribute to a qualitative, interdisciplinary research project called ‘Suicide in/as Politics’, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant and led by Dr Amy Chandler (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Ana Jordan (University of Lincoln). 

Suicide in/as Politics is an innovative project that will use qualitative methods to analyse the ways in which suicide is employed in political discourse. How suicide is understood and represented in formal and informal political arenas can have concrete effects on policy, and in turn, on the lives and deaths of citizens. To date, however, research which examines the ways suicide is understood and framed in political contexts has been limited. This interdisciplinary project (situated between sociology and political studies) will examine the construction and contestation of suicide in UK politics and policy, and among ‘private’ citizens. The research has two main strands: a) critical analysis of policies and political discourse which refer to suicide and, b) participatory research using arts based methods with diverse communities, examining and interrogating understandings of suicide among ‘private’ citizens.

The post is one of two research associates/fellowships embedded in the Suicide in/as Politics project and will be based in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln. (The other post will be based in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.) The post holder will work closely with the research team across both institutions. 

The University of Lincoln has established a reputation as one of the most dynamic, fastest growing universities in the UK. Situated in the heart of a beautiful and historic city it has built an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Lincoln is currently ranked 22nd overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide and 42nd in the Times Good University Guide 2019. The School of Social and Political Sciences where the post is based houses Politics and International Relations, Criminology, Social Policy and Sociology. The School has a well established and expanding academic profile in both learning and teaching and research. 

Under the leadership of Dr Ana Jordan (, along with Dr Amy Chandler ( the post holder will have direct involvement in shaping the direction of the Suicide in/as Politics study and in delivering significant academic and social outcomes. Offered on a full time basis, the post is available for three years. Ideally the candidate will be available to take up the position by November 2020 when the study commences or as soon as possible thereafter. 

This post is full time fixed term for 36 months from confirmed start date. 

The interviews for this post will take place on 17th & 18th September 2020. 

We are an equal opportunities employer, celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of background or experience.