Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

Lancaster Environment Centre Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster UK Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 (Full time, indefinite with end date contract) Closing Date: Friday 24 May 2024 Interview Date: Friday 07 June 2024 Reference: 0467-24

Reimagining research practices: towards a sustainable, ethical and inclusive future.

Lancaster University is recruiting an interdisciplinary team of researchers to work on our exciting new Wellcome Trust funded project on changing research cultures. The two-year, £1M project will explore how we can build a sustainable, ethical and inclusive research culture. We will focus on three overlapping questions:

• The sustainability of our evolving research practices, working to achieve net zero

• Ethical risks arising from reshaping research practices in the digital era

• The inclusion of underrepresented groups in our research community and practices

To that end we are recruiting a team of 4 Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRA), 2 Post-Doctoral Education Fellows (PEF), and 2 Software Engineers and a Project Manager. The posts will be housed in:

  • Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)
  • Psychology
  • Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • Research and Enterprise Services
  • Lancaster University Library.
  • The project will investigate each of the above questions to disrupt current research practices through engagement and activities with our research community and external partners. Following this we will then design and deliver training workshops and innovative digital resources to be used across the sector; produce new institutional strategies, policies and support structures in these areas; evaluate the culture change brought about by the project; and share project successes and learning outcomes as widely as possible.

    Successful candidates for the PDRA and PEF posts will have (or will be about to receive) a PhD in any of the disciplines relevant to the project. The posts include the day-to-day running of the project; collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary research team; working with research partners and a steering group; working with stakeholders and research participants; conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research (depending on the particular job description); liaising with the wider Wellcome Trust network on changing research cultures; dissemination of research findings; writing papers for publication.

    PDRA Work Package 1 – Investigations into sustainable research practices (18 months, Grade 7)

    The researcher will help drive WP 1 that aims to explore best practice in embedding sustainable practices into research. They will draw together information from across the sector around research travel, conferences, laboratory practices, energy use and fieldwork. A ‘decision tree' approach will be produced that sets out informed options with realistic carbon costs based on the options taken. The researcher will help deliver a series of workshops aimed at different staff cohorts. As well as delivering against the aims of the sustainability in research work package, the researcher will investigate the intersection of sustainability with inclusion and ethical considerations in conjunction with other work packages. The successful applicant must have a PhD in a relevant area of sustainability and a broad interdisciplinary skill set with excellent communication skills. Experience of leading workshops and engaging various stakeholder groups essential. Familiarity with using carbon accounting tools and sustainability practice an advantage.

    Equality, diversity and inclusion is a key considering in designing the project and therefore is important in the recruitment of our team. We aim to build a diverse team working as flexibly as possible to suit the needs of the best individuals for the roles. If you have any specific requirements you wish to discuss prior to application, please contact us using the details below. We are proactive in engagement with our staff to help us understand the lived experiences of our university community and to understand how we are doing in creating a fairer and more inclusive University.

    For further information about this post please contact Prof Phil Barker in Lancaster Environment Centre, [email protected].

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    Job details


    Senior Research Associate


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    April 30, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 24, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Education,Engineering,Psychology

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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