Research Fellow (CHASM) - Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology - Grade 7 - 97480

Updated: 28 days ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND

Research Fellow (CHASM) - Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology - Grade 7 - 97480 - (210000W8)










Position Details

School of Social Policy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year. Due to funding restrictions maximum starting salary available for this post will be £33,797

Grade 7
Full time

Fixed term contract for up to 31st August 2023
Closing Date: 30th June 2021

Job Purpose

CHASM is an interdisciplinary research centre based jointly in the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School within the College of Social Sciences. The Centre undertakes leading-edge, policy relevant research on economic insecurity, financial wellbeing and personal finance. 

The CHASM core team is made up of over ten members of staff with varied disciplinary backgrounds from across the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School, as well as honorary research fellows and internal and external associate members. 

This post will enable the successful applicant to work across a range of projects currently in operation or under development in the Centre, with a particular emphasis on areas of activity requiring advanced quantitative research skills.

To work individually and with members of the CHASM core team on a range of relevant research activities including data collection and analysis, writing of academic papers and policy briefings, organisation and delivery of workshops, stakeholder events and larger events such as the annual CHASM conference, as well as other research-related activity when needed.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will undertake key tasks including:
•    Managing and analysing large-scale individual-level panel datasets (E.G. WAS, BHPS, UKHLS,) including linkage of data to other socioeconomic or census datasets.
•    Undertaking quantitative research on topics related to CHASM’s core areas of activity (Housing, welfare and wellbeing; Poverty, precarity, debt and savings; Financialization of later life), using appropriate datasets and appropriate quantitative methods.
•    Managing data for appropriate sharing and archiving, including taking appropriate care to ensure preservation of confidentiality where required.
•    Presenting research outputs in academic publications and at seminars and conferences.
•    Disseminating research findings for a range of research users.
•    Undertaking management and administration arising from research.
•    Being an active member of the CHASM team, attending and contributing to relevant team meetings/ contributing to Departmental/School/CHASM research-related activities

Person Specification

•    A Degree in economics, political science, statistics, social policy, sociology, or a related discipline, with demonstrable evidence of training in quantitative methods.
•    A completed PhD in one of the above disciplines, with demonstrable evidence of significant quantitative work (candidates near to completion of their PhDs will also be considered).
•    Experience of research demonstrating an ability to manipulate and analyse large-scale panel datasets.
•    Experience with multilevel and longitudinal modelling techniques, including collecting and merging contextual-level information from multiple data sources.
•    Demonstrable quantitative analytical skills.
•    Demonstrable experience of use of appropriate statistical packages (e.g. STATA (preferred), R).
•    Ability to work collaboratively as a member of research team.
•    Ability to communicate complex information clearly to different audiences, including non-specialist, non-academic audiences
•    Excellent organization skills
•    Ability to work to deadlines

•    Substantive expertise in a personal finance-related field
•    Experience of (co-)writing academic and non-academic outputs
•    Experience of stakeholder engagement

For informal inquiries please contact Louise Overton:

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and/or DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’


Primary Location
: GB-GB-Birmingham
: Academic Non-clinical
: Social Policy
: Regular
Job Posting
: 02.06.2021, 7:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description): Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis)
: 30,942.00
Maximum Salary
: 33,797.00
Advert Close Date
: 30.06.2021, 6:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.08.2023
View or Apply

Similar Positions