Research Fellow, WISERD

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Cardiff School of Social Sciences



Research Fellow, WISERD

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Fellow to work within the Wales, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods Research Centre (WISERD) that is located within the School.

The successful candidate will lead or work within a number of research projects within the WISERD research centre. You will also contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

This is a full time post, 35 hours per week, fixed term for 2 years and available from 1 September 2020.

Salary: £42,792 - £49,553 per annum (Grade 7)

Responsible to Professor Chris Taylor

For further details contact Professor Chris Taylor Tel 029 2087 6938

Date advert posted: Thursday, 30 April 2020

Closing date: Thursday, 11 June 2020

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 in the following areas of WISERD research activities:
    • Children’s wellbeing
    • Children’s rights and participation
    • Children’s social and educational outcomes
  • Independently develop research objectives within the area of children and education for own or joint research including research funding acting as a PI as required. To develop research networks through regular national/international conference/seminar presentations.
  • To generate and pursue independent and original research ideas in the area of children and education and support the initiation of new lines of research in these areas.
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective national and international publications, research seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • To build and create 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 supervise and develop other research staff within own research projects.
  • To provide guidance students in own specialist area, including supervising and assessing undergraduate projects.
  • To support the WISERD Director and Cardiff Co-Directors in the delivery and sustainability of the research centre.

  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of 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 participate in WISERD administration and activities to promote WISERD 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

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.
  • Established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant professional experience within the following research fields:
    • Children’s wellbeing
    • Children’s rights and participation
    • Children’s social and educational outcomes
  • Growing national and international reputation within your academic field.
  • Proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national and international journals.
  • Proven ability in securing competitive research funding along with a strong portfolio of research grants or contracts.
  • Demonstrable skills in project management, including line management and liaising with funders.
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a research team.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.
  • Desirable Criteria
    • Evidence of collaborations with non-academic organisations.
    • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
    • A fluent Welsh speaker.
    • Experience of undertaking social research in the context of Wales.


    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 9832BR.’

    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

    Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

    WISERD is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales.
    Its aims are:

    • to build upon and develop existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies;
    • to develop and integrate a coherent set of research data relating to Wales;
    • to build networks of researchers and research capacity across Wales in the economic and social sciences, as well as contributing to UK wide research capacity building;
    • to explore the relationships between research data, research methods and the development and understanding of policy;
    • to develop a sustainable increase in the quantitative research base across the social sciences in Wales through academic appointments and training;
    • to increase collaborative interdisciplinary research grant applications and interaction with policy makers and the private sector through consultancy.

    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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