Research Assistant (Grade 6)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Research Assistant (Grade 6) (
Job Number:
 24000027)
Faculty of Business
Grade 6: - £29,605 - £36,024 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 10.5
Working Arrangements: Hybrid Working/Flexible
Closing Date
: 21-Feb-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

Job Title:  Research Assistant-

Department:  Department of Economics, Durham University Business School  
Grade: 6 
Salary range:   £29, 605 - £36,024     
Working arrangements: Hybrid/Flexible

The University

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things professionally and personally.  
Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University. Further information about the University can be found here  

The Role and Department


Principal Investigators: Habib Rahman, Associate Professor, Department of Economics 


Location: Department of Economics, Durham University Business School  


Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant/ Coordinator in the Department of Economics at Durham University. 


 


The Research Assistant/Coordinator will be actively engaged in multiple research projects funded by various global development partners and government bodies. Focused on Development Economics, these projects explore the complex interplay between economic development, climate change, public policies, and societal outcomes. Under the guidance of the Principal Investigators, the Research Assistant/Coordinator will play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth implementation of these research initiatives, maintaining strict adherence to project timelines and objectives, and organising various research and engagement events. Additionally, the successful candidate may contribute to data analysis and the publication of research findings. 


Candidates must reside in the UK and have the right to work in the UK. We are open to accommodating flexible working arrangements for this position. For informal questions about the position, candidates can reach out to Habib Rahman via email at [email protected]  


Responsibilities:

  • To understand and convey information which needs careful explanation to the team or group of people through presentations, discussions and meetings which contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • To write up results of research work, present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research in a clear and accurate manner.
  • To analyse or undertake basic research by deciding how best to apply existing methodology according to overall context and objectives.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • To assist in contributing to support student projects on the use of research methods and equipment. 
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.   

This post is fixed term for 6 months.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st February 2024. 

Working at Durham 

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits: 

•    30 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 42 days per year.  
•    The University closes between Christmas and New Year – please include or delete if not applicable. 
•    We offer a generous pension scheme, As a new member of staff you will be automatically enrolled  into the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies.
•    There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities. 
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.
•    On site nursery is available and children’s clubs in the summer holidays.
•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers).
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community
•    Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions. 
•    A salary sacrifice scheme is also available to help you take advantage of tax savings on benefits. 
•    If you are moving to Durham, we can help with removal costs and we have a dedicated team who can help you with the practicalities such as house hunting and schools.  If you need a visa, we cover most visa costs and offer an interest free loan scheme to pay for dependant visas.

Durham University is committed to equality diversity, inclusion and values

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

Contact Information 

Department contact for academic-related enquiries 

For informal questions about the position, candidates can reach out to Habib Rahman via email at [email protected]

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application 

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to [email protected]  

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).  

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process 

[email protected]  

How to Apply  

To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification below. It will be at the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether they will also consider any desirable criteria, but we would urge candidates to provide evidence for all criteria.  

While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.  

Submitting your application 

We prefer to receive applications online.   We will update you about your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to make sure you have not missed any of our updates.

What to Submit 

All applicants are asked to submit: 

  • a CV and covering letter which details your experience, skills and achievements in meeting (or the potential to meet) the criteria set out below

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.  

Next Steps 

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. 

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date. 

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.durham.ac.uk/about-us/governance/information-governance/privacy-notices/privacy-notices/job-applicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.   

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.


Person Specification


Essential Requirements 

·       A good first degree in Business, Economics or Social studies. 

·       A Masters in Business, Economics or Social studies. 


We are looking for a person who can: 


  • Undertake research as appropriate to the field of study including conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Manage the dataset using Microsoft Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet program;
  • Work collaboratively with the project leader
  • Provide ready access to all experimental data for the faculty researcher and/or supervisor
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations 
  • Manage and respond to project related email
  • Attend project meetings, seminars and other meetings as necessary. 

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    Desirable Requirements 


    The following characteristics are NOT required, but would be an advantage: 


    1.       An in-depth knowledge on project management; 


    2.       Experience in working with multi-disciplinary international research teams; 


    3.       Proficiency in preparing and monitoring project budgets and action plans; 


    4.       A keen interest in project administrative and logistics services. 




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