Research Assistant (Part Time - Fixed Term)

Post date: 11-Feb-2017 11:15:35

Swansea University - Swansea

£17,071 - £18,105 a year

Job Number AC01917

Advertising Department Engineering

Contract Type Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date 10-03-2017

Salary £17,071 to £18,105 per annum (pro rata to £28,452 to £30,175)

The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be appointed to the minimum of the agreed scale with annual increments on 1 October each year (subject to completing six months service).

This is a fixed term position to 29th July 2017 and the salary will be on the Grade 7 salary scale for Research Staff together with USS benefits:

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The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation across academia and professional and support functions.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities The aim of this document is to provide an over-arching job description clarifying for researchers at Swansea University in broad terms what is expected of them and what they are expected to do. It includes, but is not limited to, the areas outlined below

  • Manage a 3-month intervention promoting children’s physical activity levels
  • Contribute to the preparation of an inter-disciplinary grant application and peer-reviewed publications
  • Collaborate with an existing team of researchers and PhD students

This appointment in the College has a number of generic objectives common to research appointments. These relate to developing and generating novel research concepts, designs, directions, and outputs in areas related to the discipline.

  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data, generate original ideas and present results.
  • Prepare reports, draft patents and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication.
  • Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed
  • Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College and elsewhere in the University and beyond as appropriate such as in industry/commerce, public organisations, hospitals and academia.
  • Contribute to College organisational matters in order to help it run smoothly and to help raise its external research profile.
  • Keep informed of developments in the field in technical, specific and general terms and their wider implication for the discipline area, commercial applications and the knowledge economy.
  • When requested act as a representative or member of committees, using the opportunity to extend their own professional experience.
  • Demonstrate and evidence own professional development, identifying development needs with reference to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, particularly with regard to probation, appraisal, and performance reviews, and participation in training events.
  • Maintain and enhance links with the professional institutions and other related bodies.
  • Participate in and undertake other research or administrative activities appropriate to their experience and skill, and as directed by the Head of the College / Institute or such other person delegated to act with their authority.
  • Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance. This includes ensuring project log-book records are deposited with the University/Principal Investigator on completion of the work.
  • To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships.
  • To fully engage with the University’s Performance Enabling and Welsh Language policies

Person Specification Essential Criteria

  • A postgraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Computer Science or a related subject
  • Ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals
  • Ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  • Planning skills to contribute to the research project
  • Strong understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources
  • Recent DBS approval

Desirable Criteria

  • An awareness of physical activity promotion in children
  • Ability to interact with children and adolescents
  • An ability to be an independent researcher
  • Experience in the supervision and mentorship of postgraduate students
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant applications

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information Informal enquiries may be made to Melitta McNarry (01792 513069/ )

Notes for Applicants:

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Terms and Conditions of employment

Hours: 21 per week.

Annual leave: 31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

The appointment is subject to the General Terms of Appointment for Academic and related Staff set out in the attached:

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