Research Assistant / Research Associate - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
08 May 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant / Research Associate*
School: School of Government and Public Policy (
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (
Staff Category: Research
Reference No: 129555
Reports To: Principal Investigator, Dr Wolfgang Rüdig
Grade:    6/7
Salary Range:    Grade 6 £27,285 - £30,688               Grade 7 £31,604 - £38,833    
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (12 months)
FTE:    1 (Full time)
Closing Date    Monday, 21 May 2018

The School of Government & Public Policy is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Associate to contribute to an ESRC funded research project, Out of touch and out of time? A cross-temporal and cross-level analysis of the social and ideological distance between UK voters and political elites, directed by Dr Wolfgang Rüdig (PI, University of Strathclyde) with co-investigators at Birkbeck-University of London, University College London, Queen Mary –University of London, the University of Bristol and the University of Nottingham. The project involves co-operation between academics based at a number of universities, and the appointee would be expected to work closely not only with Dr Wolfgang Rüdig (Principal Investigator, University of Strathclyde but also other team members – Professor Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck- University of London), Dr Jennifer Hudson (University College London), Dr Javier Sajuria  (Queen Mary – University of London), Dr Neil Matthews (University of Bristol) and Dr Siim Trumm (University of Nottingham). 

This project is funded under the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) and involves the analysis of all data previously collected in surveys of candidates in General Elections as well as elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales.

The primary task of the appointee in the first months would be to help construct a joint dataset, combining all data previously collected on candidates who stood in General Elections (1992-2017) as well as elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, and the National Assembly for Wales.  In order to compare the social background and political views of candidates and voters, the dataset would also include relevant electoral studies data as well as constituency related data taken from electoral records and census data. 

Once this dataset is completed, the appointee would contribute to the analysis of the data and take responsibility for any data management issues arising from various analytical strategies. The project would provide the basis for numerous publishing opportunities. As a member of the research team, the appointee would have the opportunity to feature as lead or co-author of publications arising from the project. 

To be considered for the role, it is essential applicants have a good honours degree in a political science or related social science discipline,  preferably with a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field also.  The post would suit an applicant with experience in survey research who has an advanced working knowledge of statistical programmes. Detailed knowledge and extensive practical experience in the use of SPSS is essential and familiarity with other statistical packages such as R and/or STATA is desirable.
For appointments at Research Associate grade 7 level, a PhD (or equivalent professional experience) in political science or related social science discipline, preferably with a focus on the empirical study of political behaviour, electoral studies, or similar area is essential.

* Whilst a Research Associate is ideally sought for this position; applications from candidates who are close to PhD completion or whose award is pending, are also welcome. In such circumstances, appointment will be made at RS06 level (Research Assistant) and duties will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the grade of the post. This will continue until the PhD award is confirmed, at which point the duties and grade will be revised accordingly. Applicants who are not educated to PhD level and who are not close to completion of their PhD may also be considered, however appointment will be made at RS06 level (Research Assistant) and duties will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the grade of the post.

The project start date is imminent therefore an immediate start is sought for this post.

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Rewards and Benefits

Our staff have access to a wide range of outstanding benefits that include financial rewards, family friendly and wellbeing benefits and career development opportunities, details of which can be found here.

Conditions of Employment

Conditions of employment relating to the Research staff category can be found at: Conditions of Employment.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Wolfgang Rüdig (; 0141 548 2918).


Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 9 month probationary period.


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.


Formal interviews for this post will be held in late May 2018. 

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