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Research Fellow (Ref:289)

Salary range: 
£37,474 to £43,414 per annum

2 vacancies available:

Fixed term contract for one year

1 x 0.6 FTE, 1 x 0.4 FTE

We are currently recruiting for an exciting opportunity to join the Institute for Social Justice and Crime, University of Suffolk (in partnership with the Centre of Investigative Interviewing, University of Portsmouth). The Research Fellow positions will work on the Operation Soteria Bluestone project, examining communication and interviews in sexual crime cases.

Soteria Bluestone is a national project, working with police forces to improve the investigation of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO). This Soteria Bluestone research project will analyse three phases of police communication and interaction with RASSO complainants: initial contact, initial action, and forensic interviews. The aim of the project is to provide advice to police forces in improving victim-centric and trauma-informed communication practices, provide advice on improving communication practice at each of the three communication points, and give advice on improving learning and development opportunities for communicating with RASSO complainants. The project will also consider implications for specialist forensic interview training for RASSO and other sexual offences.

These two positions will: Liaise with police forces to obtain relevant material, analyse communications in the three areas of enquiry, and provide data and reports. One role will focus on quantitative analysis, the other on qualitative analysis.

The roles will primarily be based at the Waterfront Campus at the University of Suffolk. However, the national focus of the project, and the partnership with the University of Portsmouth, will allow flexibility in location and online working.

The post holder will possess experience of research projects, preferably within a policing context. Experience of communications and interviewing in forensic environments is also preferable, as would substantial experience within a clinical research setting. They should have the flexibility to work within diverse teams, while demonstrating self-motivation and time management skills and the ability to work, often to tight deadlines, with limited supervision.

Closing date: Friday 30th September, midday

Interview date: TBC

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