Two Research Fellows at Cardiff University

Department/Unit
Centre for Political and Legal Analytics (CPLA)
Location
Cardiff University
Cardiff
United Kingdom
Application Deadline

The newly founded Centre for Political and Legal Analytics (CPLA) in the School of Law and Politics invites applications for two Research Fellows (postdoctoral researchers). The primary purpose of the new centre is to provide a hub in the School to disseminate knowledge about quantitative data analytics to both faculty members as well as postgraduate research students. The Research Associates will carry out independent research as well as collaborate with faculty members (as co-authors), who are interested in using quantitative methods in their research but might not have the expertise to do so on their own. They will also take the lead on identifying and applying for grants to support the activities of the Centre; support, on an ad-hoc basis, the School’s Teaching and Learning Team in strengthening the methods component of the curriculum; help with the organisation of events, including presentations by external speakers and workshops; and help forge links with similar centres/initiatives within the university and at other UK and international universities.

Both positions are full time, fixed term (3 years) and available immediately.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job Description

Main Function
To conduct independent research in quantitative political science, quantitative legal studies or quantitative research in an allied substantive area; to support research projects within the School in the area of quantitative data analysis/data analytics; to contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publication of work in high-quality international journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
 
Research 

  • To conduct independent research in quantitative political science, quantitative legal studies or quantitative research in an allied substantive field; work on projects or proposals for own or joint research including research funding acting as a PI as required; to develop research networks through regular national/international conference/seminar presentations.
  • To generate and pursue independent and original research ideas in the field of research and support the initiation of new lines of research in related areas.
  • To support research projects within the School in the area of quantitative data analysis/data analytics, and machine learning.
  • To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in international academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective national  and international publications, research seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.

Other

  • To assist in the organisation of workshops, seminars and similar events on the general topics of quantitative political science and quantitative legal studies.
  • To support, on an ad-hoc basis, the School’s Teaching and Learning Team in strengthening the quantitative methods component of the curriculum.
  • To help forge links with similar centres/initiatives within the University and at other UK and international universities.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.