View All Vacancies

Research Associate - Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody

School of Law
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Wednesday 09 January 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 18 January 2019
Reference:  A2507

We wish to appoint an enthusiastic and self-motivated researcher to work on a Nuffield Foundation funded project, which aims to explore how to reduce the number of females who move between the care-system and prison custody. 

This project will be led by Dr Claire Fitzpatrick at the University of Lancaster, working with Co-investigators Dr Julie Shaw – Liverpool John Moores University, and Dr Jo Staines - University of Bristol. The research will focus specifically on the experiences of imprisoned women from care, as well as the experiences of girls currently in care and involved in the youth justice system. There will also be a focus on the perspectives of professionals. We seek someone with excellent interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and a commitment to ethical research, with expertise in reviewing literature, documentary analysis, researching sensitive topics, and qualitative data collection and analysis.

The role of the research associate will include undertaking primary data collection, analysis and archiving, and dissemination as outlined in the grant proposal. Data collection will predominantly involve semi-structured interviews with girls in care who are in contact with the youth justice system, imprisoned women with care-experience, and professionals working within the care and criminal justice systems. Because of the sensitive nature of this project we are seeking to appoint an RA with previous experience of conducting research on sensitive topics and with vulnerable groups. Research experience with looked after children or women in prison would be an advantage, but is not essential. 

This position is available full-time for 26 months of a 27 month project. We wish to appoint a candidate who is available to start on 1st March 2019, or earlier if possible.

For further enquiries, please email Dr Claire Fitzpatrick:

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

Lancaster University - ensuring equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity



Forgotten Details


Good University Guide 2018 - University Of The Year Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Athena Swan - Charter for Women in Science HR Excellence in Research Lancaster University Partner Logos
Disabled Go Disability Confident Committed Equality Counts TEF Gold Lancaster University Partner Logos