Research Fellow, WISERD

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Fellow, WISERD

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is looking to recruit a Research Fellow to work within The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research & Data (WISERD) that is located within the School.

The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research & Data (WISERD) has been awarded £8m of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a further £4.6m of funding from its partner Universities to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society, Civic Stratification and Civil repair in Wales, the UK and Internationally.  This exciting appointment will address areas such as Comparative International Research, Citizenship and Civil Society, Social Movements, Economic Sociology and Regional and Economic Geography, with the goal of securing further external funding for this research. Supported by a small team of researchers, you will shape WISERD's research programmes, develop international research networks, engage with policymakers and stakeholders and publish in high quality international journals.
The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary research institute and will lead on developing research in the field of civic stratification and civil repair and the international networks that underpin the WISERD research programme. The aim is to take the lead in undertaking additional research and scholarship and bidding for further funding at national and international scales.
This is a full time post (35 hours a week), fixed term for a period of 48 months.
Salary: £42,792 - £49,553 per annum (Grade 7)

The post will be based within WISERD (at Cardiff University) and will be line managed by Prof Ian Rees Jones in association with Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)

For further details contact Professor Ian Rees Jones

Date advert posted: Friday, 14 August 2020

Closing date: Monday, 14 September 2020

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


  • To provide research leadership and project management within the field of civic stratification and civil repair and contribute to the overall research performance of WISERD, the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To lead on building and creating WISERD international networks both internally and externally to the University, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To work with WISERD HEI partners to evaluate and advise on WISERD’s international portfolio of research .
  • To independently develop research objectives and proposals within the field of  civic stratification and civil repair for own or joint research including research funding proposals and acting as a PI as required.
  • To generate and pursue independent and original research ideas in the field of civic stratification and civil repair and support the initiation of new lines of research in related areas.
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective national and international publications, research seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • To supervise and develop other research staff within your own research projects.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with own research projects undertaken, including the planning and organisation of projects and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To provide guidance to students in own specialist area, including supervising and assessing PhDs.
  • To support the WISERD Director and Cardiff Co-Directors in the delivery and sustainability of the research centre.
  • To actively contribute to WISERD’s training and capacity building programme.
  • To take an active role in the WISERD community, contributing to relevant research meetings, associated events and activities across the Institute as required.
  • To work with the WISERD Communications Officer to ensure that information on own research projects and related findings are disseminated appropriately and effectively to a range of stakeholders.
  • To maximise the impact of WISERD’s research programme by engaging effectively in knowledge exchange and engagement activity with research users and non-academic partners.
  • To provide information and reports to the WISERD Hub and to meet funder and institute requirements in relation to reporting, specifically in relation to ResearchFish as requested and in a timely manner.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of WISERD and the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to WISERD and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in WISERD administration and activities to promote WISRERD and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • A postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent research experience.
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research in any of the following or related research fields:
    • Comparative International Research
    • Citizenship and Civil Society
    • Social Movements
    • Economic Sociology
    • Regional and economic geography
  • Growing national reputation within your academic field.
  • Proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national and international journals.
  • Proven ability to attain competitive research funding along with a strong portfolio of research grants.
  • Demonstrable skills in project management, including line management and liaising with funders.
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication (written and oral) with a well-developed ability to liaise with external collaborators and research partners, at national and international levels.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a research team.
  • Proven ability to attract MA and PhD students.
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • Willingness and ability to work away from Cardiff and internationally for significant periods when required
  • Ability to speak another European language
  • Evidence of collaborations with industry.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.
  • NOTE

    The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable.  Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria.  Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

    Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them.  This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it. 

    When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you put your name and the  vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for NAME 10032BR.’

    The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

    All short-listing decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate. 

    We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

    Additional Information

    The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research & Data (WISERD)

    The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research & Data (WISERD) has been awarded £8m of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a further £4.6m of funding from its partner Universities to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society, Civic Stratification and Civil repair in Wales, the UK and Internationally. Research will be inter-institutional and multidisciplinary and will aim to produce new evidence on the changing nature of civil society.
    As well as the five WISERD partner institutions of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales universities, WISERD Civil Society also includes co-investigators from Roehampton, Manchester, Manchester Met, Staffordshire and UCL universities as well as international collaborators from Europe, North America, South America, Asia  and Australia.
    This post will involve travel to meetings and to undertake research at international scales.

    School of Social Sciences

    The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas, including social policy, sociology, criminology, education, social psychology, and social work.
    Over 220 staff (including over 30 professors and 60 researchers) are involved in a substantial programme of research - both fundamental and strategic - funded by ESRC, AHRC, MRC, charitable foundations, the European Union, Central Government departments and agencies and voluntary associations. Since its creation in 1999, the School has received over 25 million pounds for funded research.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked third for research quality in Sociology and joint fifth for research quality in Education. Cardiff University was ranked second for research impact and fifth overall for research quality.

    The School has a large student population, with almost 1000 undergraduates, and 300 postgraduates (including 100 doctoral students).  The School has ESRC recognition for doctoral training in the fields of Criminology, Social Policy, Sociology, Education, and Science, Technology and Innovation. Our taught and postgraduate research programmes welcome students from around the world.

    The School hosts a number of research centres and institutes, including the Universities’  Police Studies Institute (UPSI), now part of the University’s Crime & Security Research Institute; Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD); Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE); the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer); Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE); and the Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC). Many of the School’s research centres will soon be housed in the Social Science Research Park (SPARK), which is currently being developed as part of Cardiff University’s new Innovation Campus.

    Further details of the School’s activities can be found on our home page:
    Cardiff University School of Social Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in academia. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

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