UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN: FACULTY OF HEALTH, LIFE AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Research Assistant (18 months fixed term)The Faculty of Health Life and Social Sciences is keen to recruit a research assistant to join a multidisciplinaryresearch team funded by Connexions. The study aims to research into the effectiveness of …………………………..(add your agency). They are particularly anxious to ensure that public services, private and charitable agencies arerecruiting the best applicants to work for them, to ensure they achieve their objectives. The study has the potential toinfluence local organisational development recruitment and human resources policy in ………………………….(addyour agency) JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Title Research Assistant: Grade RA5Responsible to Professor I. Lovestats (Project co-ordinator)Accountable to Dean of the Faculty of Health Life and Social SciencesThe Faculty of Health Life and Social Sciences is one of the leading providers of high quality education and researchof relevance to practitioners in a multitude of disciplines. As part of a nationally funded project, we are looking for aresearch assistant for a study exploring the effectiveness of ……………………………. (add your agency) to ensurethat the agency is recruiting the best applicants to work for them, in order for it to achieve its objectives.This is part of a national study funded by the Connexions agency which will hope will produce key policy messagesto inform the implementation of innovative and effective recruitment strategies. By exploring the professionalexperience at an individual, team and organisational level we will produce findings that will contribute tostrengthening organisational support and advice about recruitment for professionals working in…………………………………. (add your agency).The post holder should be prepared to travel and work flexibly. Project specific training will be provided but someexperience of qualitative and quantitative data collection is essential.Main Roles and ResponsibilitiesThe roles and responsibilities of the post will be defined by the project co-ordinator and will involve: • Assisting with an organisational analysis. • Working with staff and managers at the agency. • Collecting data, administering questionnaires, conducting interviews, assisting with focus groups. • Building and maintaining service user group contacts and attending local focus groups. • Contributing to the analysis of questionnaires, interviews and focus groups data. • Setting up and facilitating group feedback meetings with participants. • Contributing to the writing up the research findings for publication • Contributing to dissemination of research findings at local, national and international level, where appropriate
• Liaising with the project team, advisory groups, service users and stakeholders in the course of the project • Liaising with outside bodies and other academic institutions relevant to the projectAccountabilityThe successful applicant will be accountable to Professor I. Lovestats (Project co-ordinator) and Dr Eth Nography.The post-holder will also liaise with: academic and professional staff throughout the Faculty; external partners andstakeholders in ………………………… (add your agency).Person SpecificationThe following person specification will form the basis of the short-listing and selection criteria. It is thereforeanticipated that these criteria will be addressed by candidates in their supporting personal statement.Criteria Essential Desirable First degree in a related field, eg PhD in related discipline Criminology, Social Policy, InternationalKnowledge and Relations, Politics, Combined SocialQualifications Science. Evidence of publication in refereed journals Experience of research collaboration Knowledge of research planning Knowledge of Data Protection Policy Awareness of ethical issues in research Good inter-personal and communication Presentation of research at conferences, skills seminarsSkills and expertise Experience of working within Experience of case study analysis multidisciplinary and/or inter-professional teams Experience of conducting interviews and/or focus group discussions Experience of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, data collection and analysis. Excellent IT skills Ability to work independently and as part of a large project teamManagement Ability to balance conflicting requirements, to work under pressure and to negotiate time and resources to meet demands Experience of supporting and working with service users and researchersSalary Scale: The appointment will be on the salary scale for RA5: £20,234 - £24,886.If you are interested in applying for this post, please write to Professor I. Lovestats, Department of Policy Studies, University ofLincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN67TS enclosing a 500 word personal statement.