A Research Assistant is a hugely important entry-level post, which opens the door to our vibrant research communities - environments where Assistants can contribute to key industry, social and societal challenges. Assistants are an important part of a research team and can be office, laboratory or field-based. As an Assistant, you’ll be involved in all aspects of a research project, ranging from literature and database searches to data collection, analysis and disseminations of findings.
Working in one of our dynamic faculties, our Research Assistants begin their professional journey alongside global leaders in the fields of science, arts, humanities, education, health and social sciences, business and law. Having gained such invaluable experience, the next step is usually to a Research Associate or Lecturer post while undertaking further training.
Research Associates typically hold, or are working towards a doctorate in their specialist area. As an Early Career Researcher, duties span the research life cycle and will include preparing, conducting and recording experiments and field work, analysis and report writing and presenting to relevant stakeholders.
Supervised and supported by a Senior Researcher, there is real potential for Associates to progress to senior roles including Research Fellow positions. They can also manage their own smaller projects and are able to start exploring their specialism in-depth and fulfilling their academic ambitions.
Our Associates’ work is crucial to our 13 University Research Centres as they contribute to projects that address some of contemporary society’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Our Research Fellows lead in the development of new areas in their field promoting the wider work of the team and institution.