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Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Department of Sociology

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £33,574 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 06 May 2016
Closing Date:  Monday 06 June 2016
Interview Date:  Monday 20 June 2016
Reference:  031716

The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, its heritage shows a recurring theme of going its own way, doing things differently – and achieving notable results.  The University of Surrey has risen in all major league tables for UK universities in the past year.  We’re incredibly proud to have been named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. We’ve climbed from sixth to fourth place in the Guardian University Guide for 2016, moved up to eighth place in the Complete University Guide 2016. 


The Department of Sociology invites applications for a research fellow to join the five-year ‘EuroStudents’ project, funded by the European Research Council (see www.eurostudents.netfor further details). The project will explore the different ways in which higher education students are constructed across six European nations. The research fellow will be responsible for the strand of work that focuses on institutional perspectives, i.e. the ways in which the higher education student is constructed through official university texts and staff understandings. S/he will be required to: liaise with relevant gatekeepers to secure access to research sites across six European countries; analyse websites and other public documents produced by universities (using both qualitative and quantitative methods); conduct and analyse interviews with members of university staff; and contribute to the analysis of data and dissemination of findings from the project as a whole.


The successful candidate will have a doctorate in a relevant topic area, and experience of conducting document analysis and qualitative interviews. S/he will also have excellent organisation and communication skills and, ideally, knowledge of one or more of the languages covered by the project (in addition to English): Danish, German, Polish and Spanish. A willingness to travel abroad for a substantial proportion of the fieldwork is essential.



For informal inquiries contact Rachel Brooks: r.brooks@surrey.ac.uk

Closing date: 5pm, 6th June 2016

Interviews: 20th June 2016

Start date: 1st August 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

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

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