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Rights Lab Research Associate/Fellow in Risk Assessment and Evidence Review (Fixed term)

University of Nottingham


This role is part of the University’s Rights Lab, a Beacon of Excellence that is delivering research to help end modern slavery. The role-holder will work alongside Vicky Brotherton, Nicola Wright and a team of multi-disciplinary experts on a UKRI-funded multi-methods research project about the risks and impacts of COVID-19 for victims and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and working with a range of external partner organisations, the project will answer the question: ‘What are the accrued risks and mitigating responses of COVID-19 for modern slavery survivors?’ The research findings will be used to inform policy responses to help ensure survivors receive necessary support during and after the pandemic.

Key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking evidence reviews (using protocols for systematic review and meta-analysis) and leading on the development and use of risk assessment frameworks.
  • Large-scale data collection from multiple sources, and the synthesizing, coding, analysing, interpreting and presenting of results from both qualitative and quantitative datasets.
  • Supporting the development of research publications and contributing to the writing of policy and research reports for various audiences.
  • Developing and delivering knowledge exchange towards impact.
  • Liaising with external partners and stakeholders to access datasets and reporting back to partners on project findings.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates, applicants close to completion of a PhD, and those with postdoctoral experience. We also welcome applicants who do not hold a PhD but have an equivalent track record of professional work experience using social science methods to deliver risk assessment and/or evidence reviews in relevant organisations. The role is available as a fixed-term post beginning as soon as possible (and no later than September 2020) and ending on 23rd November 2021. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours.Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to vicky.brotherton@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit; https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/applyingfromoverseas/index2.aspx

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information follow this link https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hr/guidesandsupport/workingintheuk/documents/support-with-immigration-expenses-policy-application-form.pdf

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