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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Sunderland

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University of Sunderland is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (fixed-term) for the project: Investigating Mediated Sex and Young Peoples’ Health and Well-Being.  

The University of Sunderland is looking for someone to assist in a Wellcome 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 well-being 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.

About the role

The role will be very varied as well as challenging and rewarding, 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 and youth workers, and related research activities.

To play an integral part in the development of the project we’re looking for someone with the skills and abilities 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 with familiarity with critical sexuality studies and their intersections with health and education. Experience of conducting in-depth interviews and analysis of interview transcripts will be crucial and we’d also like to see a track record of developing peer-reviewed published work. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude to support the project and with 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. Full details of the role are available at this link and applicants should complete the online application form via that portal and upload a CV of no more than two sides of A4, two referees (including most recent employer), and a cover letter which specifically addresses the points in the role profile. Informal enquiries can be addressed to clarissa.smith@sunderland.ac.uk 

Closing date for applications is Friday, 29 September 2017 at 4pm.  Interviews to be held in the week commencing 9th October 2017.

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