Research Assistant

Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Northumbria University is looking to appoint an outstanding researcher to support a project exploring Criminal Exploitation and Serious Violence targeted at vulnerable people in Newcastle. The project seeks to identify new forms of vulnerability that have developed ruing COVID lockdown periods and new populations that might have become vulnerable in new ways. We recognise that these are complex and multi-faceted areas and welcome applicants who can demonstrate experience of a range of methodological approaches and inter-disciplinarily. The project is being delivered in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police and with colleagues from other local universities. You will need to demonstrate good knowledge of the local policy and socio-economic landscape of Newcastle upon Tyne and have excellent networking and communication skills. 

You will hold a degree-level (or higher) qualification in a related field and be able to demonstrate understanding of the contemporary debates and challenges relating to Criminal Exploitation and Serious Violence targeting vulnerable communities. It is essential that you have excellent written and verbal communication skills; and experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods; the ability to work effectively with colleagues; and excellent administrative skills.

For an informal discussion about the post contact:  Professor Mike Rowe,07584273757 or by email at

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and BarringService check.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research/education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal /book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

If you are successful in your application for this role at grade 6 you will be employed by Northumbria University.

If you are employed at grade 5, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues.

Please note this vacancy will close on 30/05/2022

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