Top job! Research Associate

  • Part time
  • £32,817 – £40,322 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 14th May 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd April 2021
  • FTE: 0.8 (28 hours/week). Term: Fixed Term (Until March 2023)


Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

We’re looking for an experienced researcher to help inform our evidence-based work to improve the lives of children and young people.

As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, and their families and carers, by supporting people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in services and in the practices and skills they use.

We’re looking for someone to join our Research team who’ll bring the skill and motivation to an exciting new participative project, working with young people with care experience to develop and carry out action research that will help provide solutions to the challenges of engagement and participation in Scotland’s Children’s Hearings System.

Are you passionate about generating knowledge and applying evidence to strengthen policy and practice? Do you have care experience or have worked in a care setting? Are you proactive, approachable and collaborative? If so, this could be the role for you.

Central to the role is delivering and co-ordinating research for this study but there will also be the opportunity to contribute to a range of research and evaluation projects relating to the work of CELCIS’s different teams at different points in time, such as on protecting children, permanence and care, improving care experiences, and continuing care into young adulthood, sharing insight, practice and evidence to support the changes we all want to see.

The role would suit candidates who have experience of being an independent researcher and a pragmatic and keen team member, knowledgeable about all aspects of research design, and work well with colleagues to integrate empirical evidence and evaluative learning.

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with experience of contributing to an organisation’s collective goals by supporting research and evaluation activities across the organisation.

Does this sound like you? We are working across the country, at local and national level, to help realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review. Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers.

Application notes

Closing date: 14/05/2021

Apply now.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Robert Porter, Research Lead (

Formal interviews for this post will be held on 07/06/2021.

Funding for the post: Please note this post is fixed term until March 2023.

All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow).