Research Associate for International Public Policy Observatory

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) project at the University of Glasgow working with Professor Graeme Roy and Professor Nicola McEwen. The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) aims to mobilise and assess evidence from across the four nations of the United Kingdom, and beyond, to inform policymakers about the best ways to address social harms. It is based at University College London with partner academic institutions in the devolved nations and its four themes of work include: Place and Spatial Inequality, Socio-Economic Inequalities, Net Zero and COVID-19 Recovery. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research and policy-focussed publications as well as help direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Take a leading role in collaborative projects with University of Glasgow colleagues, IPPO academic institutions and policy partners in both the UK and devolved governments, as well as local governments, to produce policy-relevant and timely publications on IPPO’s work themes.

2. Lead on collaborative knowledge exchange events, individual engagements and presentations with and to non-HEI partners across the UK in the public, private and voluntary sector on IPPO’s work themes.

3. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables, including where appropriate, independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.

4. Survey the research and policy literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research and engagement strategy.

5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

6. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the College and University and wider community (e.g. Academy).

7. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the IPPO team as required, including KE engagement organisation.

8. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

9. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and

transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

10. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Professor Roy and Professor McEwan.

11. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

Knowledge/Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

A2 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism

A3 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques

A4 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher

Skills and Experience


C1 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

C2 A track record of research and presentation experience in an academic or policy environment. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

C3 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

C4 Experience in undertaking independent research

C5 Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.

C6 Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Closing date – 30 April 2023

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £38,474 – £43,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and is fixed term for up to 19 months.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

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