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Company: University of York

Department: Department of Sociology

Salary: £31,076 to £32,004 a year (reduced for part time working)

Hours: Part Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1482 8975799

Fax: +44-1452 9583068

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Part-time (30 hours per week), Fixed-Term Contract for 30 months.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Sociology Department, University of York. The position, based in the research unit SATSU, is for 30 months at 80% FTE. The start date is 1st October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

You will be an ambitious and self-motivated researcher to work in collaboration with Professor Andrew Webster and colleagues at Oxford and Sussex on a new ESRC-funded project on current developments in the biomedical sciences.

You should have a research interest in science, technology, and innovation studies, and/or medical sociology; experience of participant recruitment, qualitative interviewing, and the administration of questionnaires; data analysis; writing for publication; and giving presentations to a range of audiences.

You will join a vibrant, research-intensive Department which is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality (REF2014) (sustaining its premier position established in the previous RAE 2008).

Principal responsibilities:

The role will require the Research Associate to conduct research under the supervision of Professor Andrew Webster and colleagues based in Oxford and Sussex and to contribute to the development of the research project as a whole. Most importantly, this will involve data collection; analysis and interpretation of research data (qualitative and quantitative); use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations, and public engagement and outreach activities. The main empirical area relates to exploring the development of the gene-therapy field (one of the Workpackages) bio-modifying technologies project, and contributing to other workpackages as required.

Essential skills: first degree is social science and a PhD in social science, preferably in science and technology studies and within the empirical area of biomedicine/the life sciences; experience using different (especially qualitative) research methods and data analysis in previous projects; good communication skills; and prior collaborative research experience. The ability to prioritise work, to work to deadlines, and to produce or help prepare papers for publication are important personal attributes we are seeking.

Closing date: 12 September 2017.

Interview date: 5 October 2017.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity.

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