Research Fellow (CHASM)

Birmingham, England, gb
Company: University of Birmingham
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-06-23 06:03:40

College of Social Sciences

Duration:  Fixed term contract for up to st August

Grade/band:  Grade

Salary:  Full time starting salary is normally in the range , to ,. With potential progression once in post to , a year. Due to funding restrictions maximum starting salary available for this post will be ,

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Fellow to join the CHASM Research Centre. CHASM (the ) is an interdisciplinary research centre based jointly in the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School within the College of Social Sciences. The Centre undertakes leading-edge, policy relevant research on economic insecurity, financial wellbeing and personal finance.

The CHASM core team is made up of over ten members of staff with varied disciplinary backgrounds from across the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School, as well as honorary research fellows and internal and external associate members.

This post will enable the successful applicant to work across a range of projects currently in operation or under development in the Centre, with a particular emphasis on areas of activity requiring advanced quantitative research skills. They will work individually and with members of the CHASM core team on a range of relevant research activities including data collection and analysis, writing of academic papers and policy briefings, organisation and delivery of workshops, stakeholder events and larger events such as the annual CHASM conference, as well as other research-related activity when needed.

  • Managing and analysing large-scale individual-level panel datasets (E.G. WAS, BHPS, UKHLS,) including linkage of data to other socioeconomic or census datasets.
  • Undertaking quantitative research on topics related to CHASM’s core areas of activity (Housing, welfare and wellbeing; Poverty, precarity, debt and savings; Financialization of later life), using appropriate datasets and appropriate quantitative methods.
  • Managing data for appropriate sharing and archiving, including taking appropriate care to ensure preservation of confidentiality where required.
  • Presenting research outputs in academic publications and at seminars and conferences.
  • Disseminating research findings for a range of research users.
  • Undertaking management and administration arising from research.
  • Being an active member of the CHASM team, attending and contributing to relevant team meetings/ contributing to Departmental/School/CHASM research-related activities
  • Person Specification

  • A Degree in economics, political science, statistics, social policy, sociology, or a related discipline, with demonstrable evidence of training in quantitative methods.
  • A completed PhD in one of the above disciplines, with demonstrable evidence of significant quantitative work (candidates near to completion of their PhDs will also be considered).
  • Experience of research demonstrating an ability to manipulate and analyse large-scale panel datasets.
  • Experience with multilevel and longitudinal modelling techniques, including collecting and merging contextual-level information from multiple data sources.
  • For informal inquiries please contact Louise Overton:

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