Research Fellow, Southampton Law School

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,344 Per annum Pro rata
29 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Southampton Law School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,344 Per annum Pro rata
Part Time Fixed Term until 31/03/2024
Closing Date:  Friday 08 July 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1840222JJ

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to work with the Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Lisa Whitehouse, on a project that will seek ways to improve meaningful communication between households in housing debt and their housing provider, in the hope of reducing the likelihood of eviction. The project is funded by the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust and involves the collection and analysis of data relating to occupier engagement in the housing possession process in three case study areas (Southampton, Birmingham and Glasgow). 

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities* and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. * QS World University Rankings 2012-13 

Southampton Law School is a vibrant and diverse community with an international reputation for excellence in education and research. We are proud of our worldwide reputation for research excellence in many fields. Research is of key importance within the School and is embedded in everything that we do, including our teaching. 

Reporting to the PI, you will work closely with the PI and an Advisory Group made up of a range of stakeholders in designing and implementing this important project. You will have or be close to completing a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in social science research methods. The main responsibilities include: 

  • The collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of research data.
  • The dissemination of findings through the preparation of publication materials for referred journals and presenting results at conferences.
  • Carrying out administrative tasks associated with the specified research funding, for example risk assessment of research activities, organisation of travel arrangements, project meetings and documentation. 
  • The undertaking of interviews and meetings in three case study areas (Southampton, Birmingham and Glasgow).

Experience of data collection using a range of methods including interviews is essential; knowledge of the social, political, economic and/or legal aspects of the housing market is desirable. The ability to organise allocated research activities to deadline and quality standards is crucial while organisational skills including effective and timely communication via email and/or online communication platforms (e.g. MS Teams) is desirable.

Application procedure:

This post is suitable for researchers with a strong background in social science research methodology. The expectation is that you will work 4 days per week from appointment until 31 March 2024.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Jane Sturgeon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1840222JJ on all correspondence. 

For additional information/informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Lisa Whitehouse,

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application including contact details for two referees. References will be sought after shortlisting.

The closing date for this position is Friday 8th July 2022.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert. 

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