Research Assistant/Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

May 26, 2021
Social Sciences, Sociology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£26,715 - £30,942 or 32,816 - £40,322 GBP

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Research Associate position to work on the exciting new project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council via the DIGIT (Digital Futures at Work Research Centre) project which is headed up by the Universities of Leeds and Sussex . The post is primarily situated within the discipline of Sociology, but also drawing upon psychological and interdisciplinary literatures. The Principal Investigator is Brendan Burchell, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. The overall aim is to investigate how the pandemic and flexible furlough might have encouraged employers and employees to adopt new norms of reduced hours work that might be sustained post-pandemic.

The postholder will primarily work to study organisations that have adopted reduced working hours (such as a six-hour day, four-day week or longer annual holidays) in the pandemic and are considering keeping those arrangements post-pandemic.

Applications from candidates with backgrounds in sociology and related disciplines, with relevant experience of research using qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Competence with quantitative research methods would also be an advantage, are invited.

Candidates for the post of Research Associate should normally have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a relevant field and with experience of the methods required for this project. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, and a good understanding of the policy process.

Candidates for the post of Research Assistant should have a Master's degree, including strong quantitative skills, and provide evidence of interest in policy engagement.

The salary for the Research Associate starts at £32,816 to £40,342 per annum, if you have not yet received your PhD you will be appointed as a Research Assistant and the salary will be starting at £26,715 to £30,942 per annum until the PhD is awarded.

Further information about the research, Department and Faculty can be found a , and

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a recent writing sample, and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The closing date for this post is 26 May 2021. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application close date, probably 9/10 June 2021.

Preferred starting date is 1 September 2021 though this is flexible.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Professor Brendan Burchell ( or the HR Team (

Please quote reference JM26443 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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