Research Assistant in Geography
Queen Mary University of London School of Geography
United Kingdom

Research Assistants X3 

Department: School of Geography
Salary: £31,613 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23465
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 12-Nov-2020
Closing date: 11-Dec-2020


About the Role

Applications are invited for the role of Research Assistant to work on an Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded project exploring the role of the Covid-19 pandemic on Brazilian, Indian and Somali migrants living in London, Cardiff and Glasgow. Three positions are on offer with successful postholders working in ONE of these three communities.

The postholders will provide research support entailing review of key literatures; digital quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; and co-writing of key outputs. They will also provide administrative support, organize workshops and take responsibility for external communications.

The postholders will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Professor Kavita Datta and Co-Investigators, Professor Laura Hammond, Dr Anna Lindley and Dr Elaine Chase.  

About You

Applicants should have a relevant postgraduate degree in the social sciences OR equivalent research experience with the Brazilian, Indian or Somali migrant communities in the UK. Relevant language skills pertaining to these communities is a key requirement.

They must have prior experience of using qualitative and quantitative research methods; experience in digital methods will be an advantage.

The applicant must be able to work independently and as a part of a team, and be competent in the use of relevant software.

About the School

The post holder(s) will be based in the School of Geography within the Economy, Development and Social Justice research theme. Comprising a vibrant mix of established and early career scholars, there is a strong interest in migration and diaspora studies within this theme. The School also hosts the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Migration under the directorship of Professor Datta.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is a part-time (21 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 18 months, with an expected start date of 4th January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting salary will be Grade 4, £31,613 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Kavita Datta at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 11 December 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 14 December 2020, or shortly thereafter.

The School of Geography holds the Athena Swan Bronze Award.

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