Job: Senior Research Assistant in Systems Thinking, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University


Senior Research Assistant in Systems Thinking

Senior Research Assistant in Systems Thinking

Faculty of Business and Law

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We are seeking to recruit a researcher with expertise in systems thinking and communications to work at Northumbria University’s Business School as part of the Complexity and Learning research interest group to support a range of projects.

The researcher be immersed in the cross-disciplinary environment of the group’s leads Hannah Hesselgreaves and Rob Wilson and to conduct collaborative research that addresses issues of systems and complexity thinking in local places. The researcher will also work closely with the Centre’s external partners, who will provide real-world contexts and settings in which our research will be communicated.

For this post, we are seeking a researcher with expertise in systems thinking, communications and project management. It is expected the successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in the systems area or a closely related field, and will have a track record or interest in relational systems approaches to public services. You will have an emergent record of organisation and publication in relevant conferences and journals in these fields. Since the research conducted across the group is highly collaborative and applied, ideally the successful candidate will have experience of working within the field of public service reform or/and demonstrate a strong network in relation to them. Excellent communication skills and ambition to collaborate across disciplines and to wider stakeholders, as well as familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods is essential.

It is expected that there will be a need to travel around the UK and the North East of England for short periods in order to work with partners and to conduct engagements and studies, although this is highly dependent on the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Occasional weekend work may also be necessary but compensated for in time off elsewhere.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Rob Wilson (

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close on 03/01/2022APPLY NOW

Further information

  117599-Role Description 9812

Job info

Faculty of Business and Law

Ref: BAL/21/9812

Salary: £28,981 – £35,223

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: 5

Closing date: 03/01/2022

Contract Type: Fixed Term For 6 Months

Working Type: Part Time Wednesdays-Fridays

Senior Research Assistant in Systems Thinking

Senior Research Assistant in Systems Thinking