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With over 1500 students and 150 members of academic, research and professional services staff, Edinburgh Law School is a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community dedicated to providing research and teaching with local and global reach and impact.

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The Edinburgh Law School is seeking to appoint dynamic, committed and enthusiastic Research Assistants to work with Professor Susan McVie, Professor Lesley McAra and Dr Paul Norris on the ESRC-funded Understanding Inequalities (UI) project.

The Opportunity:

The UI project aims to produce innovative and ambitious research that explores the causes, consequences and policy implications of social inequalities across different dimensions and spatial scales.

Working as part of a small team, the Research Assistants will be responsible for conducting analysis of quantitative data from one of three large-scale datasets: the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Growing Up in Scotland study or the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime.  The aim will be to develop a jointly written paper focused on a specific aspect of crime and justice inequalities for submission to a high quality criminological journal.

Anyone with questions about the nature of or suitability for the role can be directed to Professor McVie at

Your skills and attributes for success:


  • A PhD in criminology/criminal justice or another relevant discipline (e.g. sociology, social policy, psychology, education, economics, geography, demography).
  • Demonstrable expertise in preparation and management of large quantitative datasets, analytical planning and documentation of analytical syntax and output files.
  • Methodological competence in advanced statistical methods (e.g. regression modelling, structural equation modelling, methods of longitudinal data analysis, etc).
  • Experience of using one or more statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, Stata, R, etc).
  • Demonstrable ability to clearly and effectively interpret, explain, and communicate the results of quantitative data analysis.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written). Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to write at a clear and publishable standard.
  • Good organisational, administrative and time-management skills.


  • Experience of writing academic papers and publishing in high quality journals.
  • A good knowledge of crime and justice inequalities and awareness of the latest research in this field.
  • Experience of working with data from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, Growing Up in Scotland study, and/or the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime.
  • Knowledge of the Scottish policy context as it relates crime and justice inequalities and/or connections with stakeholders within the Scottish justice context.

There are up to three posts available, ideally full time but part time will be considered. Posts will available until the end of September 2021. Candidates who meet most of the essential criteria but have not yet completed their PhD will be considered (e.g. those who wish to take an interruption of studies), although they would be appointable at a lower salary grade.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply with a CV (max 4 pages and quoting a minimum of two referees) and covering letter detailing how they meet the criteria for the position to The closing date is Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 17:00 GMT. For information on how your personal information will be used please see our applicant privacy notice here: Privacy Notice

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Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment. University procedures restrict working for full-time PhD students to an average of 9 hours a week across any positions they hold. Tier 4 students are restricted to 20 hours a week in semester time only.

This role is grade UE07 and attracts and annual salary of £33,797 - £40,322 (pro-rata for a fully qualified PhD).