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Research Fellow - School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£37,841 per annum
Closing date
20 May 2024

Job Details

Application closing date: 20/05/2024
Salary: £37,841 per annum
Job category/type: Research

About the job:

The principal aim of the post is to undertake a programme of quantitative work conducting longitudinal analysis of child welfare data (SOSCARE) linked with maternity data (NIMATS) and area level Indicators of Multiple Deprivation (linked through postcode).

The aim is to:

  • Identify rates of, and factors associated with, antenatal, postnatal and early years (0-2 years) involvement with child and family social work in the general population.
  • Identify rates of, and factors associated with, repeat removals of multiple children from the same mother and care outcomes.
  • Map broader patterns of repeated contact with children’s social care (2010-2017) and the factors which predict later statutory intervention.

This research is part of a programme of work being carried out by the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI), which is one of three UK-wide centres that have been established to facilitate the safe linkage and analysis of routine administrative datasets.

This is a temporary role for 2 years. Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding

About the person:

The successful candidate will:

  • Have significant recent research experience relevant to this project.
  • Have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant subject such as social sciences, applied statistics, epidemiology, public health, pharmacy, psychology or related area.
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience of using statistical packages such as STATA, R or SPSS.
  • Experience of relevant methodological approaches and statistical analysis techniques.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment as part of a research team.

To be successful at shortlisting stage, please ensure you clearly evidence in your application how you meet the essential and, where applicable, desirable criteria listed in the Candidate Information.

What we offer::

Beyond a competitive salary, the University offers an attractive benefits package including a holiday entitlement of up to 8.4 weeks a year, pension schemes and development opportunities. We support staff wellbeing with flexible working options, work-life balance initiatives and support for physical and mental health. You can find more detail on all of this and more at

Queen's University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena Swan and have established staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Lisa Bunting -

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