The University of Wolverhampton

Research Associate

Wolverhampton Campus
Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences
Contract Type
Advert Status
32,344 - 35,326 pa
Closing Date
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Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2022 with potential to be extended if funding is granted


We are seeking a talented and ambitious researcher to join the Institute for Community Research and Development to work with the West Midlands Violence reduction Unit.


The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) was established in 2017 to undertake applied research that drives policy developments, delivers effective community-based transformational projects, and promotes social mobility. Since 2020 we have been working with the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit to evaluate their work, allowing the VRU to: understand the impact of their work on addressing the causes of violence across the region; help the VRU continue to continue to develop their approach through evidence-based commissioning and practice; and will provide new understanding and knowledge that can be shared nationally and internationally.

We welcome applications from excellent candidates who can contribute to our successful Institute and its ambitious plans. 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 (or similar): psychology, public health, criminal justice, criminology.


You will have experience of undertaking research as part of a team and be able to demonstrate your awareness of evidence-based interventions and the public health approach to preventing and reducing violence. You will be required to work independently and as part of a team to undertake mixed-methods impact and process evaluations of locally funded interventions, as well as developing frameworks for future economic evaluation. In addition, you will also be involved in delivering on a series of rapid evidence reviews on priority topics.


You will have experience of applied research, with relevant and appropriate research methodologies. You will have strong quantitative research skills, an understanding of mixed-methods approaches, and skills spanning all stages of the research-project cycle, from project design, literature review, to reporting and disseminating.


Secondment opportunities will be considered for those who meet the criteria


For further information about this role, please contact Prof Laura Caulfield,


The University of Wolverhampton celebrates diversity and recognises that difference brings value to our organisation.

As part of our commitment to ensure the diversity of staff body reflects the diversity of the student and local communities we serve, we particularly welcome applications from candidates of Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority heritage, and candidates who are Disabled (including people who whilst not self-defining as disabled do encounter challenges due to a society that disables them by lack of inclusivity).

We are proud to have been awarded Disability Confident employer status, included in the Stonewall list of employers and are working towards improving our practices against Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter. We believe in creating an even playing field for all our colleagues, where we can all belong.


Living Wage  Stonewall Diversity Champion  Disability Confident    Athena SWAN Gender Charter BronzeREC Charter Bronze



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