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Research Assistant (2x posts)

Vacancy Details

Salary: Grade 6 £26,495 - £31,604 per annum
Job Type: Academic
Closing Date: 08/30/2018
Date Posted: 07/24/2018
Reference: A1081


Research Assistants

Fixed Term for 2 years 

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (, established over 30 years ago, is an internationally-recognised and respected leader in applied rural research in the UK and Europe with a broad portfolio of projects approaching £1m p.a. in value.  CCRI’s (30-plus) existing staff and research students are drawn from a range of social and political science, economics, geography and applied science backgrounds, and participate in a variety of national and international research working in small collaborative teams and partnering with institutes from all over the EU. Our aim is to provide a stimulating and supportive research environment generating a high level of staff satisfaction and producing excellence in outputs as well as tangible impacts in rural and agri-food policy and practice.

The CCRI is currently seeking to appoint two Research Assistants to support the delivery of existing and new contract and grant-funded research projects and to contribute to the wider work of the Institute, in research, associated teaching, and to other activities such as communication and dissemination. Both posts require a sound knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as broader research skills and experience. Familiarity with policy evaluation would also be particularly valuable, for both positions.

The projects on which these team members will be working require one or more of the following skills:

  • the ability to work with econometric methods in international policy evaluation;  
  • an interest and some knowledge of the historic environment and evaluation approaches suitable for assessing cultural heritage values and heritage policy;
  • knowledge of the substantial literature on farmer behaviours, innovation and transitions towards sustainability, with a particular focus upon soil and water management;
  • a good knowledge of the policy instruments and strategic goals of the CAP, across both Pillars.

There will also be scope to undertake new international research and to develop postholders’ own research interests, within the CCRI’s continually evolving portfolio. Some research supervision and postgraduate teaching opportunities will also be available.


Closing date: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Interview date: Tuesday, 18th September

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