Research Associate/Fellow in Sociology and Social Policy

University of Nottingham Department of Sociology and Social Policy

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Tuesday, 22nd June 2021
Job Type
Sociology & Social Policy
£27511 to £38017 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD).

Applications are invited for the above post in the School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP). SSP is a vibrant, diverse and exciting centre for social science teaching and research.  We are a multidisciplinary unit covering criminology, public policy, social policy, social work and sociology.

Cutting across these disciplinary boundaries are two shared values: the promotion of global and social justice and a desire in our teaching and research to ‘make a difference’. The research fellow will be based in the Institute for Science and Society, one of the leading centres in Science and Technology Studies (STS) within the UK, Europe and Internationally. ( 

The purpose of this role is to carry out research as part of the Animal Research Nexus Programme, a large scale programme of work which is funded by the Wellcome Trust ( The aim of the programme is to deliver new thinking, research and engagement to increase understanding of the social relations around animal research. The programme involves collaboration between social science and humanities scholars at the University of Exeter (Professor Gail Davies), University of Oxford (Dr Beth Greenhough), University of Manchester (Dr Rob Kirk), University of Southampton (Dr Emma Roe) and the University of Nottingham (Dr Pru Hobson-West). 

If appointed, you will work closely with Dr Hobson-West to contribute to the project on ‘People and Professions’. The aim of this project is to explore the role of publics and professionals in the animal research debate. The post holder will focus on writing up research for publication, and contribute to the dissemination of outputs via conferences, workshops and other fora. 

You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a social sciences/humanities subject area (or near to completing one). More specifically, your academic experience should include training in science and technology studies, medical sociology, or animal geographies. You should also be able to demonstrate academic interest or experience in the topic of animal research. Finally, you should have the ability to engage across the different ethical perspectives in animal research, and deal with sensitive information.

The post is available from 1 August 2021 for a period of 13 months. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed via email to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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