Research Assistant – Job Opportunity

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for Collaboration with Local Authorities Review

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Are you interested in the role of social sciences in understanding and addressing societal change through engagement with local policy? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be working with Leeds City Council, under the supervision of Professor Adam Crawford, to undertake a variety of tasks designed to understand and improve the process of collaboration between the university and local policymakers with a view of developing partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting evidence-based policy making.

The Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) works to promote and champion the social sciences at Leeds both across the University and in collaboration with our external partners. It fosters interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, promotes relations with external partners in the public, private and third sectors and builds capacity through the provision of training and skills development for the next generation of research leaders.

With a successfully completed PhD (this includes work submitted for assessment, but not yet examined) in a relevant field of study, you will have interests in the role of social science research in understanding and addressing societal change and the importance of collaborating with local authorities as a way to support this endeavour. You will also have experience of conducting qualitative, or qualitative and quantitative, research. Your background may be in a range of social science fields and you must be willing to work across disciplinary boundaries. You will also work with various members of Leeds City Council staff and be involved in producing short reports on the research findings for various academic, professional and non-professional audiences during your time on this project.

You will possess excellent analytical and writing skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to set deadlines. The ability to work alone or as part of a team is essential, as are strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Camilla McCartney, Leeds Social Sciences Institute Engagement Officer

Telephone: +44(0)113 343 0965, email:

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