Research Fellow Ref 1625

School/department:  School of Education and Social Work
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for three years
Reference: 1625
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on:  26 July 2019
Closing date:  2 September 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

We are looking to appoint a dedicated Research Fellow for an exciting research study on ethnicity, ageing and inequality funded by the Nuffield Trust. The study is a collaboration between The University of Sussex and The University of Manchester, and aims to provide novel and much needed information on ethnic inequalities in health, wellbeing, and social circumstances at older ages.

Over the course of their lives, ethnic minority people have poorer health and wellbeing than the White majority population; they are over twice as likely to be born low birthweight, have up to seven years less healthy life expectancy at birth, and have poorer health and socioeconomic circumstances in adulthood.

Less is known about ethnic inequalities at later stages in the life course, although a handful of UK studies have shown that ethnic inequalities in health and wellbeing are much worse at older ages than at younger ages. It is well documented that ethnic inequalities in child and adult health are likely to be due to experiences of marginalisation and racial discrimination, and as ethnic minority populations grow older it will become increasingly important to get a more precise and differentiated understanding of the extent of, and the reasons behind, ethnic inequalities in later life.

This knowledge will be imperative in planning social and health-related policies and delivering interventions targeted at reducing ethnic inequalities. This project will address these gaps in knowledge by using innovative methods to analyse existing Census and survey data to provide much needed information on (i) the nature of ethnic inequalities in health, wellbeing, and socioeconomic circumstances at older ages, (ii) why these inequalities exist, and (iii) whether, how and why they have changed in the past 20 years.

Findings from this project will create societal impact by improving ethnic minority people’s lives through better understanding of the issues affecting their life chances and healthy ageing.

The post holder will carry out innovative quantitative analyses that will provide novel information regarding our understanding of how ethnic inequalities in health and ageing are changing both over time and between generations, and the factors that underlie these inequalities and changes in them.

The appointee will benefit from the strong connections between The University and Sussex and The University of Manchester, and will receive mentorship and training across both institutions.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent in Quantitative Sociology, Epidemiology, Psychology, or a related quantitative discipline. Applicants must have a strong background in advanced quantitative methods, knowledge of statistical analysis, and previous experience of using Stata, R, or equivalent for statistical data analysis and modelling. A track-record of research outputs (e.g. publications, presentations, thesis/dissertation, public engagement activities) is desirable.

The candidate must have an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be able to function independently and effectively with appropriate supervision. 

For more information, please email Dr Laia Bécares (  

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