Salary: Grade 6 £28,762 – £34,308 per annum
Job Type: Research
Closing Date: 03/24/2023
Date Posted: 03/10/2023
Reference: A1399


Research Assistant
Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI)
Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham
1.0FTE, 37 hours per week
The post is fixed term for 6 months in line with external funding, though there is a possibility of extension or permanency (not guaranteed).

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) (www.ccri.ac.uk) is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, having expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield.

We are now seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on the Catchment Systems Thinking (CaST) project. The role will involve working closely with farmers, land managers and various stakeholders to develop a citizen science monitoring framework to underpin the 3-year project. This work provides a unique opportunity to showcase how integrating co-design into the development of a citizen science project prior to its launch will likely result in greater uptake and meaningful engagement from stakeholders. The position offers considerable professional and personal development opportunities, including literature reviews, stakeholder mapping and engagement, designing, carrying out, and analysing interviews and workshops, and report writing.

Additionally, the post will support the delivery of other existing and new contract and grant-funded research projects and contribute to the wider work of the CCRI, in research, communication and dissemination.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to start or develop an applied research career within a high-performing and supportive research team.  With a minimum of a master’s degree in a cognate discipline, experience working with the farming community and wider stakeholders, a disposition towards collaborative work, and a commitment to high-quality, impactful research, the successful candidate will become a vital part of the CaST project. Furthermore, experience or an interest in British agriculture would be desirable.

As part of the project, you will be required to visit West Sussex to complete 6 workshops with our client. Therefore we are open to discussions about agile working, however there would be a requirement to be on campus with the CCRI team on a semi-regular basis. We cannot, therefore, offer this role on an entirely remote working basis.

Please contact Matt Reed, Director of CCRI, for further information or an informal discussion: mreed@glos.ac.uk

Closing Date: midday Friday 24th March 2023

Interview Date: Thursday 30th March 2023

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