Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is looking to recruit a Research Associate to work in the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods Research Centre that is located in the School. The successful candidate will conduct research within the field of social sciences of dementia. You will also contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

This 12 month post provides an opportunity to work within a large, cross institution, multidisciplinary team examining what it means to live well with dementia. You will take the lead in developing and carrying out qualitative research to explore the experiences of people living with undiagnosed dementia as well as taking a key role in contributing to a broad programme of qualitative work focussed on different aspects of living well with dementia.  

This is a full time post of 35 hours a week covering a period of maternity leave from 1st July to 31st December and then a further 6 months fixed term ending on 30th June 2019.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 (Grade 6)

Date post Advertised: Wednesday 16th May 2018 

Closing Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 

Responsible to Professor Ian Rees Jones, Director WISERD

For informal enquiries contact Professor Ian Rees Jones or Telephone 029 2087 66662

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


  • To conduct research within the field of social sciences of dementia.
  • To review and synthesise existing qualitative research literature on undiagnosed dementia.
  • Identify and recruit a sub-sample of up to 20 participants living with undiagnosed dementia.
  • Arrange and carry out qualitative interviews with up to 20 people living with undiagnosed dementia and a family member or friend where available.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • to work collaboratively with the IDEAL qualitative team to develop analysis and outputs from new and existing IDEAL data.
  • To work collaboratively with the quantitative researchers in the team.
  • To involve and work with the ALWAYS group (an advisory group who are living with or affected by dementia).
  • To report on initial findings and collaborate in the development of preliminary analysis.


  • To engage with research users and wider publics on the research and communicate key aspects of research to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

  1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.
  2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within the following research fields:
    • Ageing and dementia
    • Qualitative methods/qualitative interviewing
  3. Knowledge of current status of research in the social sciences of ageing and/or dementia.
  4. Proven potential to publish in national journals.
  5. Proven potential to be successful in competitive research funding.
  6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
  7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.
  8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.
  9. Willingness and ability to travel for the purposes of fieldwork.

Desirable Criteria

  • Ability to conduct interviews in Welsh.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

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