Research Associate - School of Social Work and Social Policy

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31,604 - £38,833
06 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate    

School: School of Social Work and Social Policy
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (
Staff Category:    Research
Reference No:    138531
Reports To:    Professor Laura Piacentini
Grade:    7
Salary Range:    £31,604 - £38,833
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (36 months)
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Job Advert

The ESRC is funding an exciting new study: In the Gulag’s Shadow: Producing, Consuming and Perceiving Prisons in the former Soviet Union, which is a multi-university and multi-disciplinary project that examines cultures of punishment in the former USSR. This project provides a new opportunity for a full time post-doctoral Research Associate over three years to conduct comparative research across national contexts, using mixed method approaches from qualitative and quantitative techniques. The Research Associate will be working with an international project team lead by Professor Laura Piacentini (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Gavin Slade (Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan). 

Along with Professor Piacentini and Dr Slade, the Research Associate will help to conduct quantitative analysis of prison rates in the region, design and analyse two nationally representative surveys in Russia and Kazakhstan, and conduct analysis of interview and focus group data collected by project partners in the region. The position will also involve assisting with data dissemination, including participation at workshops, conferences and symposia. The Research Associate will help write up the research results and co-author two academic articles with the two project leads in the third year. There is scope for the researcher to produce their own research outputs, developing a strong record of publications and knowledge exchange activities. They will manage the project website and be responsible for social media output throughout the three years. The researcher will be employed at the University of Strathclyde.

Applicants for this post must hold a good honours degree and PhD (or equivalent professional experience) in a related discipline and have previous experience of working on research projects.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Other Information

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Fiona Drummond, School Manager ( 4448712).

Conditions of Employment

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

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.


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.


Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.


Formal interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.