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Research Associate: Public Health, Youth, and Violence Reduction

Unit :  Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
Salary :  £33,797 per annum
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  17820
Fixed Term (24 Months)
Closing Date :  27 January, 2021 - 12:00

Unit: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Location: Milton Keynes
Please quote reference: 17820
Terms: Fixed-term, two years full time (37 hours per week) or part time equivalent to be negotiated with successful candidate
Closing Date: 27th January 2021 - 12:00pm (midday)


Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.


The role

We are looking for someone to make a leading contribution to the ESRC study: Public Health, Youth and Violence Reduction. The project responds to the urgent social problem of serious violence between young people by seeking to establish a new evidence-base on public health approaches to violence reduction. Your role on the project will involve exploring the scope and nature of public health approaches, as well as the way these approaches transfer between jurisdictions to shape policy, guide best practice, and inform public debate.


Skills and experience

Potential candidates should have knowledge and experience of conducting ethnographic and participatory research approaches, and research methods such as participant observation, interviews and focus groups. You should also have skills that will enable you to take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with academic and non-academic partners, including community partners, relevant to the project. Excellent oral communication skills are required, as well as an ability to write to a high academic standard.


Potential candidates must have a PhD in Criminology, Sociology or related disciplines (such as Urban Studies, Social Policy or Public Health), or possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and research experience.


For more information, please see the job description. 


What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, and an attractive pension proposition.


How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.




Remember to attach your CV and Personal Statement as ONE DOCUMENT.  


You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role. 


Find out more about us and The Open University’s mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link). 


Closing date:  27/01/2021 - 12:00pm (midday)


We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed.


Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  6 January, 2021 - 16:00

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,