Research Fellow in Inclusive Ageing (Qualitative Analysis and Mixed Methods)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
02 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 36 months
Closing Date:  Friday 02 December 2022
Interview Date:   Monday 19 December 2022
Reference:  2042422CC

We are delighted to welcome applications for a research post in the area of Inclusive Ageing within the project ‘Promoting inclusivity in pension protection and other forms of saving among men and women from black and minority ethnic communities in the UK: a mixed methods study’, funded by the ESRC.

The overall aims of this project are to improve the inclusivity of individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in pension policy planning, and to address the gap in our understanding of the socio-economic factors affecting pension protection among current and future generations of older individuals from BAME communities in the UK. This will be achieved through new analysis of empirical data, including individuals’ own narratives about financially preparing for later life. The project is led by Professor Athina Vlachantoni, and Dr Yuanyuan Yin is a Co-Investigator.

The successful candidate will contribute to improving our understanding of the lived experiences and perspectives of individuals from BAME communities in the UK, using a range of qualitative and innovative methods such as inviting mid-life and older persons to describe and record through photo images, what late-life financial planning means to them. The post-holder will also lead on the integration of quantitative and qualitative evidence in the research.

This research position will be based in the Department of Gerontology, within the Faculty of Social Sciences. The work is led by Prof. Vlachantoni in coordination with Dr Yin. You will be part of a supportive group including another project Researcher, the Manager and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator of the ESRC Connecting Generations project, and other Faculty members, both within Southampton and partner institutions. 

To be successful in this role you will; have, or be close to completing, a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications) with strong qualitative/mixed methods component in a relevant discipline (e.g., gerontology, statistics, demography, economics, social policy); have knowledge and experience of qualitative data collection and analysis; have knowledge and experience in conducting and writing a critical literature review; Be skilled in the use of NVIVO or other qualitative analysis software; Be able to demonstrate the ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team; and the ability to write research presentations and papers. Additionally, experience in mixed methods analysis, and experience in engaging with non-academic stakeholders or a range of audiences, are an advantage.

The University of Southampton holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities in the workplace.

Applications 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 completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The position is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 36 months and will be available from: 3 Jan 2023.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Athina Vlachantoni, email: 

Application Procedure:

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 2042422CC on all correspondence. 

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