Research Assistant (IPSCJ)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Northampton, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime

Job Type

Full Time Fixed Term


£24,715 - £28,929 per annum


Waterside Campus

About The Job

Fixed Term for 12 months

Interview Dates: 11 July 2023

A graduate Research Assistant is required to support research and evaluation in the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ). The successful candidate will assist Researchers in the development and implementation of research and evaluation projects around health and justice, citizens in policing and vulnerable groups in Northamptonshire and beyond. This includes assisting with funding applications and literature reviews as well as qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation activities. The post is full-time (37 hours per week) Monday to Friday.

We want you to be able to carry out your work in a way that best supports UON and our students, but also you as an individual. We understand this may vary between different areas of the university as well as from one person to another.  With Smarter Working you can work with increased flexibility, if you would like to, which can facilitate greater freedom and autonomy.

This post is subject to a background disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service before any appointment can be confirmed.

About You

You will have successfully completed an Undergraduate degree in criminology or a related health, psychology, sociology or social science area with a focus on public safety, crime and justice.  A strong working knowledge and experience of research methods and analysis is a distinct advantage, although not essential.

You will have good written and verbal communication, well developed time management and excellent organisation skills and a cut through approach to completing tasks.  Good IT skills, including competence in standard Microsoft 365 software packages.



  • First degree in relevant discipline (e.g. law, politics, management, criminology, human-geography, health or other relevant degree


  • Undertaking or have obtained a Ph.D. in a relevant subject area
  • Member of relevant professional body

The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ) 

The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ) at the University of Northampton delivers high quality research and evaluation, insight and innovation in the fields of public safety, crime and justice. The IPSCJ is situated at the interface between practice, policy and academia, adopting an evidence-based approach to enhance public service delivery models, organisational strategy and outcomes for service users. The IPSCJ collaborates with partner organisations at local, regional, national and international levels. The core mission of the IPSCJ is to support positive evidence-based policy and practice change for the benefit of society.

About Us

Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently.

We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That’s why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012.

We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. This has led us to build a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn. Waterside Campus opened in September 2018.

Our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change is at the heart of all that we do.

Right To Work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Due to the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK, the University can only accept applications from individuals who currently have a status allowing them to work in the UK for this position. Due to this criteria we regret that we are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.


The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion.

This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.

Together @ UON confirms our commitment to equality and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking action. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.

Together @ UON demonstrates our pledge to our staff, students and partners to nurture and develop an environment where equality and inclusion can thrive whilst we Transform Lives and Inspire Change

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