Research Fellow

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1434153

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Research Fellow based in Belfast

Research Fellow

(Fixed term until 30 June 2021, with possibility of extension/permanency)


JOB PURPOSE: The University College launched its Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement in June 2018. Its core aim is to engage in a focused portfolio of innovative interdisciplinary research into educational underachievement with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. The Centre seeks to build on many years of innovative teaching and learning, robust research and scholarship, and effective community partnerships by cohering our efforts to address one of the most significant and complex societal challenges.

The role holder will work closely with the Director of Research and Scholarship. The main purpose of this role is to help enhance and develop the existing research environment to support a range of research and project development activities, and support academic and research staff in developing their research techniques.

A key aspect of the role will be to identify relevant research opportunities, lead the development of external funding bids and if successful in securing funding, acting as a principal investigator or co-investigator to oversee research projects to conclusion and produce reports that influence practice.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Research and Scholarship

SALARY: Grade 7

HOURS: 36.5 per week

Main Duties and Accountabilities:

1. Identify key funders in the area of educational underachievement and actively pursue external funding through drafting of significant funding applications in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

2. Undertake literature reviews as directed.

3. Co-ordinate and undertake data gathering and analytical techniques (including qualitative and quantitative methods) for research projects.

4. Prepare the ethical application and other necessary approval paperwork such as data impact assessments and data sharing agreements

5. Coordinate and undertake data collection and analyse qualitative and quantitative research data using appropriate software.

6. Assess, interpret and evaluate research outcomes.

7. Take the lead in the production of high quality research reports, articles for journal publication and presentation at research conferences.

8. Prepare and deliver regular Research Centre progress reports (written and oral) to the

Research Centre Management Committee, Stakeholder Group, Research and Scholarship Committee, Senior Leadership Committee, Governing Body and other key stakeholders as required.

9. Contribute to knowledge generation, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer activities.

10. Ensure appropriate record keeping and that data collection and storage is compliant with data protection principles and legislation.

11.Participate in and build effective external networks relevant to the Centre’s work in order to influence events or decisions; undertake active collaboration to pursue shared interests and advance and shape practice.

12. Carry out administrative duties relating to the Centre.

13.Comply with the College’s Equal Opportunities policy.

14.To undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Director of Research and 

The above list is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such other duties as may reasonably be expected. The University College reserves the right to review this job description and make reasonable changes as necessary following consideration with the post holder. All members of staff are required to be co-operative and flexible in line with the needs of the post. 

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Closing date 12th September 2019 at 12noon.