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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in reducing inequalities, third sector resilience and fostering political participation

History, Geography & Social Sciences

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £32,348 to £35,333 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 09 September 2022
Reference:  EHR0113-0722

Your discipline. Your passion. Our success, together. 

About the Role

As Postdoctoral Research Assistant examining reduced inequalities, third sector resilience, and democratic governance and political participation, you will be contributing to the success of a major ESRC-funded research project that involves four countries (US, UK, Canada and Poland), with a focus on Greater Manchester in the UK. The project employs both quantitative and qualitative methods and uses organisational theories, sociological theories, and democratic theories, with a focus on adaptive capacity, inter-organizational relations, performance, and bureaucratic responsiveness to assess third sector resilience. The post holder will need to have knowledge of good social sciences research techniques including data protection issues and will be experienced in quantitative data collection and analysis. They will be expected to help organise and attend regular project team meetings, contribute to research instrument design and data collection, collaborate on data analysis and drafting articles, and help to support project dissemination.

About You

This is a full-time post for over 2 years which is ideal for a researcher post-PhD. You will be an enthusiastic and friendly professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills coupled with a commitment to providing an excellent student experience. Knowledge of social sciences research techniques including data protection issues and organisational skills are key. We are particularly interested in candidate who have experience in quantitative data collection and analysis in the social sciences. You will also be experienced in research project dissemination and data collection. The project is a prestigious international one and will be excellent for career development. 

The Social Sciences group at Edge Hill University is a supportive place to work, with a thriving research environment that produced a strong performance in the recent REF. The research project is also linked with the Institute for Social Responsibility at Edge Hill through which there will be opportunities to attend events and training and contribute to the development of the Institute.

Rewards & Benefits

We want you to feel happy when you come to work and proud when you go home.

From the moment you join us you have the opportunity to enhance your skills. We offer various routes for progression, a range of specialist development sessions and academic development opportunities along with an award winning and comprehensive staff health & wellbeing programme (HR Excellence Awards 2017). This means you will receive a full academic induction, be enrolled if appropriate on our PGCTHE, benefit from the Edge Hill University CPD scheme (UKPSF) and our annual University Learning and Teaching day all to support your professional development. 

This is just a taste of what we are able to offer you at Edge Hill University.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, you may wish to contact: Dr Victoria Foster, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of ISR at ( or Professor Jo Crotty, Director of Knowledge Exchange and ISR at 

Please note, DBS checks will be carried out at any point during your employment if your work requires this.

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.


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