Postgraduate Research Assistant Role profile

  • Communication

    • Communicates with colleagues in peer communities within and outside the University on research topics.
    • Communicates with research team on current and future research activity requirements.
    • Collects information from participants during research activity.
    • Communicates with academic and administrative colleagues within the University and externally on matters related to the research processes.
    • Contributes as part of the research team to the design and implementation of research methodologies including for example the writing of questionnaires.
    • Keeps accurate records, assists in the preparation of reports and/or publications as appropriate and makes presentations at a variety of meetings both in the University and externally

    Teamwork, motivation and managing people

    • Contributes collaboratively to research projects as part of the research team.
    • Develops productive and effective working relationships with academic, administrative and research colleagues stakeholders and partners.
    • Contributes collaboratively to projects at School, department or subject area level.

    Liaison and networking

    • Liaises as appropriate to facilitate research for example with external partners, stakeholders and colleagues.

    Planning and organising resources

    • Plans own workload within parameters of overall research activity plan.
    • Manages discrete elements of research in terms of planning time and resources.

    Teaching and learning support

    N/A

    Research and analysis

    With support, advice and mentoring is required to:

    • Design and test appropriate research tools e.g. questionnaires.
    • Gathers data from multiple sources as part of research activity.
    • Contributes to analysis and evaluation using a range of analytical tools for example descriptive statistics, reliability and factor analysis.
    • Keep accurate laboratory records, assist in the preparation of reports and/or publications as appropriate and make presentations at a variety of meetings both in the University and externally
    • Conduct literature searches as appropriate.

    Pastoral care

    • Shows general sensitivity when dealing with confidential and data protection issues.

    Initiative, problem-solving and decision making

    • Contributes to the day to day operational decisions on a collaborative basis with others in the research team

    Sensory, physical and emotional demands

    • Uses a range of equipment as appropriate to research activity i.e. anything from laboratory equipment to pcs, to medical equipment.

    Work environment

    • Based in office, laboratory or in the field.
    • Could be required to wear specialist clothing.
    • Could be required to undertaken risk assessment.

    Knowledge and experience

    • Graduate.
    • Possess sufficient depth of knowledge to be able to work effectively as part of research team.
    • Likely to be studying for postgraduate qualifications i.e MSc or MPhil or PhD .