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Research roles in the UKRI Centre for Equalities in Uniformed Public Services

The new Centre for Equalities in Uniformed Public Services is a £11.3 million investment in uniformed public services research by UKRI and represents a substantial increase in ARU’s research capacity.

Key objectives of the new Centre include producing excellent underpinning research into cultural transformation in uniformed public services, and adopting a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tacking issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion.

The new Centre brings together the strengths of two of ARU’s existing research institutes: the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) and the International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute (IPPPRI).

We are now seeking to appoint a number of roles that will be pivotal in delivering the collaborative research projects and the strategic objectives of the Centre. Applicants will have the chance to work with established research academics and support staff who have been instrumental in helping to shape policy and practice in their respective areas.

Current vacancies

For all of these roles, the closing date for applications is 16 June 2024.

Associate Professor

We are looking for two Associate Professors who will work as part of the Centre leadership team – helping to set the strategic direction, research, and funding priorities. They will be responsible for the inception and effective delivery of innovative and collaborative research projects, through their leadership and management of research teams within the Centre and beyond.

Securing external funding and assisting other colleagues to do likewise will be an important aspect of this role. The post-holder will take responsibility for the use of research resources to ensure projects are delivered on time, to budget and with a good quality outcome, this will include leadership in the use of the newly constructed social sciences research laboratory at ARU in Chelmsford.

The new Centre will have a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tackle issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion. So, the post-holders will have the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with these organisations on research and evaluation challenges. Alongside supervising PhD/professional doctorate students there will be opportunities to contribute to postgraduate teaching and learning.

For a Job Description and Person Specification and to apply, visit our jobs website.

Senior Research Fellow

We are looking for three Senior Research Fellows who will undertake independent and collaborative research including the preparation of research proposals and applications. They will also lead and manage consultancy and other external client services.

The new Centre will have a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tackle issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion. These roles will also include work to support both IPPPRI and the VFI.

The post-holders will have the opportunity to develop their academic experience and portfolio including working collaboratively with a strong and dynamic team of internationally leading experts who have come together to develop this new Centre, as well as supporting the research excellence within both the VFI and IPPPRI.

One of these Senior Research Fellow posts will be aligned to the Centre for Military Women’s Research, which will be an important research group within the new UKRI-funded Equalities Centre. If you have extensive research experience of working on military women’s research, please indicate this in your application for consideration for this specific role.

For a Job Description and Person Specification and to apply, visit our jobs website.

Research Fellow

We are looking for two Research Fellows who will undertake research including collecting and critically analysing research data using quantitative and qualitative techniques. Through research they will report on data analysis, interpret findings, write research reports, and disseminate these through conference presentations and published papers.

The new Centre will have a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tackle issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion. These roles will also include work to support both IPPPRI and the VFI. The post-holders will also contribute to the development of research objectives in collaboration with the lead academic.

For a Job Description and Person Specification and to apply, visit our jobs website.

Research Assistant

The Research Assistant will undertake basic research including conducting literature reviews and database searches whilst also providing research support to the academic research manager.

The new Centre will have a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tackle issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion. The Research Assistant will also contribute to the planning of research projects, the preparation of research applications and assisting with the writing of research reports and papers as directed by the lead academic.

For a Job Description and Person Specification and to apply, visit our jobs website.

PhD Studentship in the Centre for Equalities in Uniformed Public Services

Applications are invited for a fully funded studentship starting in September 2024, based in Chelmsford at ARU's Centre for Equalities in Uniformed Public Services.

The Centre draws together expertise in two of ARU’s highest performing research institutes, the Veterans and Families Institute (VFI) and the International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute (IPPPRI). Both VFI (April 2014) and IPPPRI (formerly PIER, June 2016) were established through strategic investments by ARU in response to a need for applied research to inform and improve the health and wellbeing of veterans, service personnel and their families, and to underpin developments in policing and crime. The Centre will work directly with uniformed public service organisations to improve public services cultures – and remove barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion – through excellent underpinning research and collaboration.

For further details and to apply, visit our jobs website.