University of Dundee - Geography and Environmental Science

Research Assistant in Displaced Communities and Environmental Degradation in East Africa

Location: Dundee
Closes: 31st October 2018
Job Ref: SSOC0098

Fixed-Term 0.75 FTE from 1st January 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) - December 2020

The School of Social Sciences encapsulates many of the academic areas that shape society. These include how we are governed (law), where we live (architecture, planning and geography), how economies and businesses function (business and management studies), the choices we make (psychology) and our politics and international relations, essentially anything that influences how people think and behave.

One of Scotland's major centres for teaching and research, the School is aimed at addressing the major challenges arising in society and brings together academic experts from a broad range of disciplines to produce interdisciplinary research that makes an impact, transforming people's lives around the world.

Applications are invited for a Researcher on an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Scottish Funding Council GCRF Programme. 'Displaced communities, environmental degradation & sustainable livelihoods in East Africa' is led by Dr Mark Cutler and Prof Lorraine van Blerk from the University of Dundee, Scotland. UK in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. The Researcher will be based at the University of Dundee with field visits to Uganda.

Your priorities will include:

  • Desk-based literature reviews and secondary analysis of relevant existing grey literature from the UK and Uganda.
  • Assistance in designing research instruments (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Arranging and conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection with stakeholders and participants. This may involve participatory methods as well as the more standard methods of interviews and questionnaires.
  • Conducting analysis of the data collected using software, such as NVivo.
  • Attending project meetings in both the UK and in Uganda.
  • Writing up findings for reports and publications.
  • Assisting with the overall project management, such as maintenance of the website, communication with project members, arranging project meetings and events, knowledge exchange events, maintaining project social media and other administrative roles.
  • Attendance and presentations at academic research conferences.

Who we're looking for:

  • PhD in Geography or a related social science, or near submission of PhD.
  • Experience of conducting qualitative research, experience of qualitative data analysis, a working understanding of questionnaire design and analysis, experience of literature review and analysis, experience of working in rural African settings (especially Uganda or other East African location)
  • Ability to conduct independent research, ability to work well in a team, excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent time management skills.
  • Knowledge of appropriate IT applications (such as Microsoft Office and data analysis software packages such as NVivo)
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people, ability to travel to research sites in Uganda for periods of 2-4 weeks.

For further information about this position please contact Dr Mark Cutler, or Prof Lorraine van Blerk, . To find out more about Geography & Environmental Sciences, please visit

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2018.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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