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Senior Research Assistant (3459)

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 our mission is ‘transforming lives, businesses and communities’

The Department of People and Performance is a leading provider of prestigious, accredited postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, as well as a major contributor to the Decent Work and Productivity University Centre for Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Research Assistant - Fixed Term 16months

About the role:

The main purpose of this role is to provide research assistance to Dr Katy Jones for her ESRC-funded project: “Universal Credit and Employers: exploring the demand side of UK active labour market policy” (ESRC Grant Ref: ES/V004093/1). The post holder will do this by assisting, and where necessary taking the lead, with research data collection and analysis (interviews with employers and policy stakeholders), and the dissemination of findings to appropriate groups related to the project. They will also support the development of new areas in the field of active labour market policy, decent work and UK welfare reform.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive colleague with a background in social policy, human resource management, employment relations or related fields (as evidenced by a post-graduate degree, equivalent qualification or substantial relevant experience).

The successful candidate will have experience conducting qualitative research. In addition, they will have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to collaborate in research initiatives with colleagues both within the University and externally.

The successful candidate will benefit from training and development, publication and conference opportunities, and will be an active member of the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre.


To apply:

Please take the time to consider the essential criteria in the job description and submit your CV and 2 page Covering Letter on the online portal, demonstrating your suitability for the role.


For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Katy Jones at


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 promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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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 6 (£26,715 to £30,046)
  • Closing Date:
    27 May 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
    1 FTE
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