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  • Ref no: GCU00849
  • Published: 3/9/2020
  • Closes: 23/9/2020
  • Location: Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
  • Salary: £42,792.00 - £49,553.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

This position has expired.


This is a full time/fixed term opportunity for 26 months

Interviews for this opportunity will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2020

We are looking for an experienced qualitative postdoctoral researcher to join our research group (… and You will work in close collaboration with, and under the supervision of, Professor Carol Emslie (who leads the GCU Substance Use research group) on an ESRC project exploring change in the availability of alcohol and tobacco in Scottish neighbourhoods over time. The postholder will explore how residents experience the availability of alcohol and tobacco in their neighbourhoods and examine stakeholder views on policy interventions that could reduce alcohol and tobacco outlet density (…). The post-holder will work closely with the wider team from the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow (PI Prof Niamh Shortt. CIs: Prof Jamie Pearce, Dr Tom Clemens, Dr Peter Lekkas and Prof Rich Mitchell).

You will be a self-motivated individual with the ability to take responsibility for key components of the research plan. Your responsibilities will involve conducting interviews and running focus groups with stakeholders (working in government, retail and the third sector) and people living in particular neighbourhoods. Data collection may be online or face to face, depending on the development of COVID-19 in Scotland. You will analyse the qualitative data from the project and produce high quality reports including leading, and contributing to, peer-reviewed publications. Translation of the findings into the world beyond academia is expected.

Applicants should have a PhD in Sociology, Geography, Psychology, Public Health or related discipline. You should have: excellent skills and demonstrable experience in qualitative data collection and analysis; a track record of peer -reviewed qualitative publications and the ability to communicate effectively by other means. The ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team is essential as is the flexibility to work independently. Strong organisational skills are also required as is a good working knowledge of NVivo. A track record of interviewing stakeholders or interviewing people about drinking or smoking is desirable.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 200 modern universities in the world (THE, 2019) and in the top 50 universities globally for social impact (THE, 2019). Our welcoming community of 20,000 students from more than 100 countries enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. Our University mission, commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence is integral to everything we do and how we deliver our mission.

The GCU Substance Use Research Group is based in the School of Health and Life Sciences, and is part of the Centre for Living which makes a substantial contribution to Public Health research and practice across Scotland. We have been successful in gaining multi-million pound research programme and project funding, including that for the current study.

After reading the Role Profile, informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Carol Emslie


As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do. As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process.

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

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