The University of Wolverhampton

Research Associate

Wolverhampton Campus
Faculty of Social Sciences
Contract Type
Advert Status
30,688 to 33,518 pa
Closing Date
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This post is temporary until 30 April 2020


As a result of research investment funding granted by the University the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) at the University of Wolverhampton is seeking to appoint to a number of new research and support posts.


The ICRD works with and in our local communities to deliver effective community-based transformational projects, drives policy developments, and promote social mobility. Drawing on a history of collaborative research across our faculties of Social Science, and Health, Education, and Well-being, ICRD uses interdisciplinary expertise to affect positive change in local communities, increase knowledge, and shape local and national policy. ICRD undertakes pioneering community development studies that improve the life chance of individuals in the region, and works with our partnership networks to champion for change. Through the ICRD, the University is consolidating considerable experience of delivering evidence-based research-relevant projects and delivering a strategic ambition of having significant regional and national influence. Themes explored by the ICRD span social policy, sociology, economic regeneration, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, mental health and criminal justice. 


The University of Wolverhampton is the University of Opportunity and is continuing to invest significantly (£6m) in its research infrastructure to promote a research active environment, with innovative research, focussing on discovery, informed teaching and scholastic excellence as a means of promoting academic excellence and business and community engagement.  As Bronze Athena Swan Institutional Award holders we are committed to ensure that gender equality is embedded within our research.


We are making a significant new investment in our research community and welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can contribute to our ambitious plans. The University has a long and distinguished history of providing applied research that drives policy developments, of delivering effective community-based transformational projects and of promoting social mobility. It has a unique and unrivalled reputation for working collaboratively with public and private sector agencies to provide social regeneration platforms and for using its partnership networks to champion for change.


To be considered for this Research Associate post you will be a trained researcher, qualified to postgraduate level in one or more of the following academic disciplines: social policy, sociology, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, mental health and criminal justice.


You will have experience of applied research, with relevant and appropriate research methodologies. You will have strong skills spanning all stages of the research-project cycle, from project design, literature review, to reporting and disseminating. You will have an understanding of the process of accessing external funding and strong flexible teamwork skills. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with partners from research, practice, third sector and lay communities.


There may be opportunities to contribute to postgraduate supervision, teaching, short-course, and CPD delivery.


The Institute Director, Professor Laura Caulfield, welcomes informal conversations about the role. Please email

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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