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Research Associate (Good Employment Learning Lab) (2737)

Research Associate (Good Employment Learning Lab) (2737)

Research Associate – Centre for Decent Work and Productivity

This role is fixed term, for 22 months:


We have an exciting opportunity to work as a Research Associate on a major new Economic and Social Research Council-funded project The Good Employment Learning Lab. This is led by the  Centre for Decent Work and Productivity in the Faculty of Business and Law.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake and co-ordinate research and evaluation on The Good Employment Learning Lab.

The Good Employment Learning Lab will work with partners  to develop effective approaches to raising line manager’s people management capabilities. In a place-based experiment, it will operate as the Good Employment Learning Lab and work with the Greater Manchester Employment Charter. In a sector-based approach, it will operate as the Adult Social Care Good Employment Learning Lab. Your role will be to develop research and evaluation methodology and to lead the Learning Lab’s evaluation function. You will also help develop capability in Engaged Scholarship, and support partners/academics to do likewise via involvement in the Engaged Scholarship Learning Lab which is also part of the Good Employment Learning Lab project.

This role will involve working with the senior research team and staff as well as multiple external stakeholders to research and evaluate interventions to create good work by raising line management capability. It will depend on taking a lead role in fostering good teamwork and shared learning. This also includes working with other researchers in the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre and ensuring that the Good Employment Learning Lab is well integrated into the Centre’s wider work and community. You will work alongside a friendly and highly team of researchers.

The Faculty of Business and Law brings together MMU Business School and Manchester Law School in our award-winning building located in the centre of Manchester. We have supported industry and commerce in the city since 1889; today we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, together with professional qualifications, many recognised by industry associations.

Our Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). This is a recognised global standard for excellence in management education.

Ideal Candidate:

Applicants should hold a PhD in a related area. Active engagement with research and evidence of publications are essential requirements for successful applicants to this post.


Manchester Metropolitan is a great place to work, and you will be part of a great team. In addition to a great working environment, you will have access to a wide range of benefits, on top of a competitive salary including an industry beating pension scheme, a generous holiday package which include 35 days per year holiday plus an additional 8 bank holidays plus Christmas closure.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are proud of our diverse community of staff, students and visitors.

To apply, please submit your CV and Covering Letter via our application portal. For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Julia Rouse on

Interview dates for this role are likely to be 19th or 21st October.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Business and Law
  • Salary:
    Grade 8 (£35,845 to £41,526)
  • Closing Date:
    29 September 2020
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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