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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Investigating mediated sex and young peoples' health and well-being

Arts & Creative Industries - School of Media & Communications

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 per annum
Fixed Term
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Friday 29 September 2017
Reference:  0170-17
Further details:    Job Description    

The University of Sunderland is looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant fixed term project: Investigating Mediated Sex and Young Peoples’ Health and Well-Being.

We’re looking for someone to assist in a Welcome Trust Funded Seed Project investigating the relationships between pornography and sexual health in order to understand what kinds of educational interventions might be most useful to young people. Pornography is often portrayed as a public health issue, increasingly focused on wellbeing and ‘healthy’ relationships, and this project is particularly interested in the ways media have become central to those worries at the same time as they have become integral to experiences, identities and lifestyles.

The role will be very varied as well as challenging and rewarding, you’ll be supporting the lead investigators Professor Clarissa Smith and Professor Feona Attwood while also supporting the development of an international network of scholars, sexual health educators, youth workers and related research activities.
To play an integral part in the development of the project you'll need to bring an abundance of skills and abilities with you. You'll be expected to carry out a number of vital roles, including managing events; researching potential speakers; liaising with network participants; preparing briefs and announcements and designing and managing project databases e.g. network and respondent information, research resources and news items.

We’re looking for someone with doctoral level experience in the Humanities or Social Science fields but you’ll also need familiarity with critical sexuality studies and their intersections with health and education. You’ll have experience of conducting in-depth interviews and analysis of interview transcripts. We’d like to see a track record of developing peer-reviewed published work. You will need to be a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude to support the project and you’ll need excellent IT skills - handling spreadsheets and quantitative data and familiarity with a range of data packages, particularly SPSS or NVivo. Experience in public health would be very desirable, as would experience in working with young people.

This is a full time post for nine months starting as soon as possible; it will be possible to work remotely. To apply, please click on the link below and follow the instructions.  Please also upload a CV of no more than two sides of A4, two referees, at least one of which is your most recent employer (we will not contact referees without your prior consent), and a cover letter which specifically addresses the points in the role profile.
Closing date for applications is Friday 29 September 2017 at 4pm. Interviews to be held in the week commencing 9th October 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Professor Clarissa Smith

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Please note that this role is not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship in accordance with the Home Office Points Based Immigration System.  Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website


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