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Research Assistant (451473)

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Salary range:

Research Assistant Grade 6; £28,756 – £32,344 (plus Delft allowances*)

Research Associate Grade 7; £33,309 – £40,972 (plus Delft allowances*)

FTE: 1 (35 hours per week)

Term: Fixed (24 months)

We are one of the leading European research institutes for comparative studies of regional development policies, working in 32 countries. EPRC is part of the School of Government & Public Policy rated in the REF2021 as top in the UK for the world-leading quality and impact of our research. We work with the European institutions, national and sub-national governments on the design, implementation and evaluation of policies for regional, local, urban and rural development, and with a range of academic and other partners on studies funded by European and national research councils.

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant. The post will be based at the EPRC office in the Netherlands (at Delft University of Technology). You would participate in research programmes on regional development, particularly the design and regulation of national regional policies and EU Cohesion Policy, as well as studies on European territorial cooperation, State aid, the low-carbon economy, financial instruments, sustainable urban development, rural development policy, and citizen engagement in regional policies.

As a Research Assistant, you will work as part of a team. You will conduct literature reviews, develop questionnaires, conduct surveys, collect and collate data, analyse information, draw conclusions, and contribute to the drafting of research reports and publications. You will be responsible for managing and prioritising your work and ensuring that it is completed on time. There will be opportunities for you to participate in knowledge exchange activities related to research projects. We encourage career and skills development.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to Degree level in a relevant discipline. Equivalent work experience in policy or consultancy fields would be welcome as would a good knowledge on regional development policy in Europe. You will be fluent in English and Dutch (C1/C2 proficiency under the Common European Framework). Additional European languages would be an asset. You will have appropriate qualitative and quantitative research techniques, an ability to plan your own work, and enjoy working in a team. GIS mapping experience would be an asset. You will have good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

The post will be for 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter dependent on receipt of further funding. For applicants who have a PhD, or equivalent work experience, and evidence of academic/policy publications, the appointment could be made at the level of Research Associate.

* Delft allowances: salary supplemented by an 8.3% Delft allowance and an 8% Annual leave allowance.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor John Bachtler, Director ([email protected]) or Dr. Carlos Mendez, Principal Research Fellow ([email protected]).

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