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Research Fellow opportunity on domestic abuse and rape

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) seeks to appoint a Research Fellow for a 12-month post on an exciting new research project on Victim (Dis) Engagement From Criminal Justice In Domestic Abuse and Rape Cases. This project is funded by CPRL and is led by Principal Investigator Dr Lis Bates: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/lb27747.

The role

The Research Fellow will be a key member of the project team, working across different project workstreams. Working alongside the Principal Investigator, the Research Fellow will review relevant literature, conduct research, analysis and writing across all the project workstreams. This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher with knowledge of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence and a track record of academic research to help deliver a project with significant national and international impact.

The successful candidate will help build a dynamic team at the formative stages of a project which has already generated substantial interest from police and academic audiences and has significant potential for research impact. The research environment in the Centre and the OU more generally is very supportive, with opportunities for wider research training and learning, for presenting work at national and international academic conferences, and for generating publications.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have a Masters’ Degree in research methods (or equivalent professional experience) including training on qualitative and quantitative methods and literature reviewing as well A PhD (completed or very close to completion) in a relevant social research topic, preferably domestic abuse, sexual violence or other forms of gendered violence.

You will have experience of researching domestic abuse and/or sexual violence and an understanding of policing and criminal justice processes and challenges for policing and criminal justice in responding to domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.

Strong Excel skills are required to manage, code and manipulate quantitative datasets, and to run simple statistical tests in SPSS or equivalent.

There will be a requirement to travel (Covid-permitting) to research sites for data collection (principally Manchester and Bristol), possibly with some overnight stays and you must be willing to undergo police vetting.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description attached on our website. If you have any specific questions around the role please email Dr Lis Bates on lis.bates@open.ac.uk.

Closing date: Monday 21st September 12:00 Noon

Interview date: Friday 2nd October

Email : Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk 

How to apply

All applications are completed online following the instructions below and clicking the “Apply Now” link below.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544 or email Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk., quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit;

  • Full CV.
  • Personal statement, no more than 2 sides of A4, indicating why you are interested in this post and explaining how your knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes meet the items specified in the Person Specification. Give specific examples from your experience which clearly demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes / qualities as required in the Person Specification. Please ensure that you address each of the essential and desirable items listed. You are encouraged to use the essential and desirable items as subtitles within your statement.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To assure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Please submit an electronic application according to the above instructions by clicking on “Apply Now” below:


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