Research Associate in Housing Analysis
University of Glassgow
To make a leading contribution to the research and data service activities of the UKRI-ESRC-funded Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) . Specifically, working with Dr Mark Livingston and Professor Nick Bailey, the job requires a background in economics-related research and/or quantitative methods and an interest in applying these skills to the analysis of housing systems and policies. Supported by other members of the team, you will play a leading role in the production of research publications and research proposals. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with new forms of data relevant to housing and neighbourhoods analysis, helping to develop current data resources and identify new opportunities to expand these. You will play a central role in developing and supporting the community of researchers using UBDC’s Digital Footprints data. You will receive structured mentoring and explicit support for career development towards building research skills and experience, which includes helping to manage and direct complex and challenging projects, as opportunities allow.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) as appropriate:
1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research and data service activities, taking responsibility for a core element as appropriate, in accordance with UBDC objectives and Centre/School/College/University research strategy.
2. Write up research findings/outcomes for publication in leading journals for disseminations as appropriate. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain a personal research profile and reputation, and enhance that of the Centre/School/College/University. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the Centre/School/College/University.
6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies, planning and developing a line of research activities.
7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader Centre/School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other collaborators/partners).
8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the Centre/School/College/University.
9. Take a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the project, Centre and School, including budgets/expenditure.
11. Contribute to elements of teaching within a clear and established programme and carry out associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.
12. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
13. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.
14. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan – Inspiring People – Changing the World.
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Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in professional qualifications and experience with evidence of personal development in similar role.
A2 Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject and of quantitative research methods and techniques to work within the subject area.
B1 Knowledge of project-specific data sources.
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software as appropriate.
C1 Ability to analyse and organise resources in order to manage time and workload effectively.
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3 Ability to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature and to be effective both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity, including public presentations. C4 Ability to apply policy, practice and procedures including broader University/sector external (e.g. commercial) awareness.
C5 Proven initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently and/or as part of a team. C6 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as appropriate.
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field.
E2 Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.
E3 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals and/ or at conferences.
E4 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data and drafting of papers.
F1 An emerging national or international reputation in research.
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £36,382 – £40,927 per annum.
This position is full time and is fixed term until 30 September 2024.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy reference number: 102273
Closing date: 29 November 2022