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Research Assistant (Exploring International Law Enforcement Information Exchange) - job post

Edge Hill University
Normanton Hall, St. Helens Road, Ormskirk
£30,487 - £32,982 a year - Full-time, Fixed term contract
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  • £30,487 - £32,982 a year

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  • Full-time
  • Fixed term contract


Normanton Hall, St. Helens Road, Ormskirk

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  • Additional leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Canteen
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave

Full job description

We’re here to create and harness knowledge, to deliver opportunity for everyone.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a research assistant to join our team to provide quality research support to a major UKRI-funded project examining international law enforcement information exchange between the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. The project involves close collaboration with academics, practitioners and industry actors, with the opportunity for independent work, to assist with writing peer-reviewed outputs, and for national and international travel for data collection and wider dissemination. You will play a key role in driving the project forward.

The postholder will be based in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing, working with the Principal Investigator and research team.

Within the role you will be conducting literature reviews and assisting with report and article writing, in which you will hold experience with qualitative research methods and analyses which will be adapted throughout this role. Familiarity with quantitative methods would be advantageous, as would previous experience conducting research with law enforcement or other criminal justice agencies. You will also be assisting with project administration and updating the project website with the latest updates.

This post offers multiple opportunities, in addition to supporting your personal and professional development (i.e. supported by the PI and with various training opportunities),the appointee will have the opportunity to work with other academics and experts in industry and practice, nationally and internationally. You will also gain valuable experience networking with partners in law enforcement and industry and contribute to a novel research study with a high impact potential, funded by a major and highly prestigious UKRI funding award

The role is advertised on a full-time basis and will be based on-campus. However, part-time hours and/or remote working will be considered. For informal enquiries about this vacancy, please contact: Becky Phythian, Reader in Policing and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at

About You

AsResearch Assistant (Exploring International Law Enforcement Information Exchange) you will hold a Post Graduate Qualification (or be near completion) with evidence of research in a related discipline (i.e. policing, psychological, criminology.) You will be a motivated, ambitious and engaged individual, who is committed to personal and professional development. You will hold the ability and experience in promoting the project and findings through the appropriate social media networks. Through this role, you will be expected to work well as part of a team, as well as holding the ability to work independently and demonstrate your own initiative. You are required to demonstrate high level skills in the use of Microsoft Office systems including Excel and Word, as well as software for data analysis (e.g. NVivo and SPSS). Also note, within this role you may be required to travel (i.e. to meetings and conferences).

Internal staff wishing to apply for a fixed term role as a secondment opportunity must discuss this with their existing line manager before applying.

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Rewards & Benefits

  • A minimum of 36 annual leave per annum (inclusive of bank holiday and University closure days)
  • Free foreign language evening classes
  • Discounted membership to our onsite state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities
  • Staff benefits scheme, which provides you with discounts across the high street, supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more.
  • Employee assistance programme with access to free confidential counselling sessions, legal & financial advice, and as health & wellbeing resources.
  • A wide range of development programmes to enhance your career.
  • Beautiful award-winning on-campus working environment.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme with our employer contribution of 17.8%

About Us

At Edge Hill University we believe in the life changing opportunities knowledge can create. Since 1885, we’ve been creating access to knowledge for those who may not have had the opportunity to before.

Today, the effect we have has a far-reaching impact, not just for those who come to study here but for those who work, invest in, and live in our local communities too. So, if you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, simply speak to our alumni, students, and award-winning staff.

Because for us education isn’t about how much you take in. It’s about what you take out into the world.

Inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885,Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months

Salary: £30,487.00-£32,982.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Canteen
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Free flu jabs
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site gym
  • On-site parking
  • Shuttle service provided
  • Sick pay

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: EHA2542-0224

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