Research Assistant

Kingston University


Faculty of Business and Social Sciences


Kingston Business School

Contract type

Fixed Term Contract

The Role

The Department of Management at Kingston Business School invites applications from highly-qualified individuals for the position of Research Assistant to collaborate with Dr. Sarah Otner on a portfolio of research activity about the fragrance industry.

The project involves the design and delivery of multi-national, archival (i.e., secondary) data collection that will allow PI to build a structured database with information about fragrance industry awards (specifically) and creative industry careers (generally).

The Person

The position is suited to candidates who hold a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as management, economics, sociology, data science, and computer science – with strong quantitative and data analysis skills. See attached job description for detailed skills and competences required.

The role will appeal to applicants with ambitions to pursue research-intensive careers; it is similar in content and structure to a “pre-doctoral fellowship”. If interested and appropriate, the successful candidate will be supported to apply both for admission to doctoral studies (i.e., Business Ph.D. degree programme ) and for any relevant funding opportunities (including Kingston University’s Ph.D. Studentships , deadline annually each March for study starting the following October).

Excellent technical, analytic, and writing skills are essential. Prior experience with contributing to research publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences are highly desirable.

The Faculty

The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences combines Kingston Business School and the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences. Driven by a forward-thinking approach, the faculty is dynamic, innovative, and ambitious. We focus on business and social challenges that impact us all such as decision making, sustainable development and individual resilience.

Together, the schools strive to nurture socially responsible, well-informed, and actively engaged members of society who graduate as adaptable, ambitious, and solutions-focused professionals.

Kingston Business School have EFMD, AMBA and AACSB accreditations, signalling to the world that we have met the most rigorous standards of excellence in business education. We are committed to supporting the personal and professional development of colleagues, including participation in international conference and knowledge exchange activities.

We have a skills-based and experiential approach to business education, which is grounded in business, creativity, and technology. There is an evolving and ambitious research culture in the school, building a reputation for being rigorous and relevant.

Further information

This is a part-time position (0.6 FTE), available immediately for a fixed-term duration until 31 July 2024 subject to funding availability.

You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement (“Cover Letter”)

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until the closing date of 18th June and interviews are expected to be held on 13 July 2023.

This position is based in the UK and offers the opportunity for hybrid working; the PI is open to discussing a working pattern that suits the successful candidate.

For questions on the role, the research program, and the duties/responsibilities, contact Sarah Otner Principal Investigator

Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students’ identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are – so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

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