Research Assistant in Science Policy and Research Evaluation Ref 5849

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: Full time or part time (at least 0.5FTE), up to 1.5FTE posts available. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term 12 months
Reference: 5849
Salary: Starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 30 April 2021
Closing date: 10 May 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: Week commencing 17 May 2021
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

An opportunity has arisen in SPRU, within the University of Sussex Business School, to work as a research assistant on science policy and research evaluation projects led by Prof Michael Hopkins, including DARE, the Diversity Approach for Research Evaluation and OCTS, Optimising Covid Diagnostic Testing Systems.

The role involves the following duties:

  • gather and extract data from a range of online sources
  • prepare datasets for further analysis, by thematically coding
  • conducting research interviews
  • analyse quantitative and qualitative data using a range of techniques
  • write documentation to summarise research methods and results.
  • support the team in the writing of publications

Candidates should have:

  1. At least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant area.
  2. Excellent knowledge of the life sciences as a research context
  3. Excellent attention to detail.
  4. Flexibility, and willingness to learn new skills.
  5. Experience of data collection and analysis (qualitative and quantitative).
  6. Excellent ability to communicate, through data visualisation, presentations and report writing.
  7. An interest in science policy and/or research evaluation

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Michael Hopkins.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5849 [PDF 181.56KB]

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How to apply

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