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Senior Research Associate - Centre for Child and Family Justice Research

School of Law
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322 pro rata
Closing Date:   Monday 08 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3291

The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University, is looking to recruit a quantitative social researcher with an interest in children’s social care, permanence and/or family justice.  You will work on Phase 2 of the Permanently Progressing project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and a philanthropic donor. A collaboration between the Universities of Lancaster and Stirling and Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA), this is a mixed-methods, longitudinal project following the pathways and outcomes of a cohort of children who became looked after aged five or under in 2012-13.

Working as an integral part of the project team, you will play a major role in designing and conducting surveys of social workers and caregivers (adoptive parents, kinship carers and foster carers), and undertaking analysis of survey and administrative data. You should have experience of using questionnaire design software (such as Qualtrics or SurveyMonkey) and of data manipulation and analysis, using SPSS, Stata or other statistical software.

You should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the applied focus of the Centre, and will have, or be about to complete a PhD in a social science discipline.  Ideally you will have a research background in social work, law, policy, or another relevant field. You will demonstrate excellent organisational and interpersonal skills and preferably have a knowledge of research ethics relating to the secondary analysis of administrative and linked data. You will contribute to outputs from the project, including research reports and summaries, journal articles, and conference/seminar presentations, for a variety of different audiences, including academics, policymakers, legal and social work practitioners.

The post is available part time for 2.5 days per week.  

You will join us on an indefinite contract, however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is initially for 15 months, although it is anticipated that this will be extended until 30 September 2024. The role is subject to DBS checks.

The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research is a successful research centre with a global profile, and we are looking for an individual who wants to be an integral part of this vibrant community. Current sources of funding include the Nuffield Foundation, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, Economic and Social Research Council, Big Lottery, the Australian Research Council, local and national government. Whilst this post is contingent on time-limited funding, we anticipate achieving further funding to enable continuation of the post.

If you would like further information and an opportunity to discuss the role, please contact: Dr Linda Cusworth on (

Interviews will be held on 22-23rd March 2021.

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