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					UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:               Research Associate

DEPARTMENT:              Policy Studies

LOCATION:                Brayford Campus, Lincoln

REPORTS TO:              Professor Hugh Bochel/Dr Andrew Defty

POST NUMBER:             HLSS2296

GRADE:                   6

DATE:                    July 2009

DURATION:                Two years

FTE:                     Full-Time 1.0

Context

The Department of Policy Studies (to become the School of Social Sciences from 1 August)
comprises a large team across four undergraduate subjects – Criminology, International
Relations, Politics and Social Policy – as well as a BA (Hons) in Social Science and BA
(Hons) Contemporary Culture and Communications. At postgraduate level the Department
provides the MA programme ‘Globalising Justice: Human Rights, Crime and Social Justice’.
The Department incorporates the Policy Studies Research Centre, which acts as a focus for
research and consultancy, and is responsible for oversight of a range of MPhil/PhD students.
Having a strong research profile, the Department/PSRC supplied the core of two successful
Units of Assessment for the 2008 RAE: Politics and International Studies; and Social Work
and Social Policy and Administration.


Job Purpose

The Research Assistant is responsible for conducting research on the project, as directed by
the Principal Investigators.


Research Project

The University has been awarded a two year grant from The Leverhulme Trust to undertake a
major piece of research on ‘Parliamentary scrutiny of the UK intelligence and security
services’. This will involve a series of confidential interviews with MPs, Peers and others with
roles of relevance to the topic, together with analysis of the reports of the Intelligence and
Security Committee and parliamentary select committees as well as parliamentary debates.

The activities of the intelligence and security agencies and the way in which intelligence is
handled by government are issues of considerable importance, and whilst Parliament has a
growing role in scrutiny and oversight, and provides democratic legitimacy for the agencies,
its effectiveness in scrutinising intelligence issues is not clear. This research will assess the
ability of Parliament to undertake these roles.


Key Responsibilities

•   To undertake literature surveys and other investigations of the subject area, and to
    prepare reports as required.

•   To perform specified research under the direction and with advice from the Principal
    Investigators, to generate original knowledge, contribute to decisions about research
    direction, and to prepare reports on results, as required.

•   Plan own day-to-day research activity within the context of the required research
    programme, exhibiting a high degree of autonomy.

•   Liaise with internal and external collaborators, and with colleagues in the Department,
    maintaining positive and effective working relationships; this may include liaison with
    senior personnel in other organizations including collaborators, sponsors and clients.

•   Participate in internal research activities, including seminars, research meetings and
    continuous professional development activities.

•   Contribute to the production of research outputs, including reports, papers and other
    publications, and preparation for and presentation at international research conferences.

•   Engage in teaching support activities, up to a maximum of six hours per week.

•   Where appropriate and agreed, register for and undertake a PhD or other specified
    research degree.

KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

INTERNAL

Principal Investigators, Director of Research Centre, Head of School, other academic staff
within Department.

EXTERNAL

Research Collaborators, Sponsors and Clients.
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PERSON SPECIFICATION

Job Title: Research Associate Post Number: HLSS2296                   Date: July 2009

Selection Criteria                                                Essential    Where
                                                                  (E) or       Evidenced
                                                                  Desirable    Application,
                                                                  (D)          Interview,
                                                                               References
Knowledge, Training and Qualifications:
   • Good honours degree in relevant subject (1st, 2.1 or         E            A
      equivalent), and/or Masters degree
   • Good knowledge of British political system
                                                                  E            A/I
Experience:
   • Some experience of relevant research methods                 D            A/I
   • Authorship of research outputs                               D            A/I
Skills:
    • Ability to conduct original research in the subject area    E            A/I
    • Excellent written communication, including the ability to   E            A/I
        write reports and research outputs
    • Ability to prioritise own workload and work to specified
        deadlines under pressure                                  E            A/I
    • Ability to communicate complex subjects to students         E            A/I

Personal Qualities:
   • Flexible approach to workload                                E            I
   • Ability to work on own and as part of a team                 E            I
   • Enthusiasm and commitment                                    E            I

Essential Requirements are those, without which, a candidate would not be able to do the
job.
Desirable Requirements are those which would be useful for the postholder to possess and
will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.

				
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