Job opportunity: Senior Research Associate

Applications are open for a Senior Research Associate based at the UCL Institute of Education.

This post is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join CGHE. The post-holder will take the main responsibility (alongside the Principal and Co-Investigators) for the organisation and execution of an ESRC-funded research project focused on the responses of UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to Brexit and associated challenges.

These challenges include international student recruitment, attracting and retaining EU nation staff, research capacity, financial management and sustainability, risk management, data analysis, strategy and institutional decision-making in a difficult, unpredictable and fast changing policy environment.

The research will consist of institution-level case studies in a group of HEIs, selected according to differences in status, resources and levels of European engagement, as well as their location in each of the four UK nations. The HEIs will be researched in the context of their communities and involvement in Research & Development, thus also addressing the implications of Brexit for stakeholders, cities and localities.

This research will be accompanied by ongoing public dialogue and events. Project impact will be achieved through developing relations with stakeholders and users of research, media and public communications organisations and the dissemination of outputs in conjunction with users, including through the public events. The post-holder will also share responsibility for the academic and public writing emerging from the project.

The research questions are as follows:

  • What are the perceived implications of Brexit for UK HEIs as leaders and others see it?
  • What are the principal responses of HEIs and what are their capabilities to monitor, judge, strategise, respond, initiate and make internal changes, in relation to Brexit?
  • How do these factors vary by UK nation; HEI mission, status and resources; and discipline?

The post is available and funded from 19/06/2017 for 16 months in the first instance.

Key requirements

We are looking for someone who has completed their PhD in a social science discipline to work as a Senior Research Associate (SRA). They must be an experienced researcher with a proven high level of competence in qualitative research methods, academic writing, project organisation and communications. They will need to provide evidence of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals. The SRA will be involved in the day-to-day management of the research project, and will therefore have to be able to work independently, manage multiple tasks effectively and meet agreed deadlines. An interest in higher education and Brexit is desirable, but not essential.

Further details

Salary: £42,304 – £49,904 per annum

For a full job description and to apply for this vacancy, please see the UCL jobs site

For further details about this post please email Professor Simon Marginson (