Vacancy at SSHM: Research Associate in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine (Responsible Research and Innovation in synthetic biology)

Research Associate in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine

Reference: THW/15/059639/001144

Salary Details: £32,277 to £38,511 per annum

Allowances: £2,323 per annum Ldn Allowance

Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term: Full time

Closing date: 10 November 2015



We invite applications for the post of Research Associate to participate in embedding responsible research and innovation within an exciting and innovative collaboration with synthetic biologists at Imperial College, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and Newcastle University, which, together with King’s College London, form the Flowers Consortium.

The Flowers Consortium was awarded £5 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop an Infrastructure for Platform Technology in Synthetic Biology and the social science component of this grant focuses on responsible innovation, translation and commercialisation.


The post holder will be responsible for continuing work on our programme of responsible research and innovation, under guidance from the Principal Investigator Professor Nikolas Rose, and undertaking qualitative social science research utilising concepts and methods from social studies of science, anticipatory governance and constructive technology assessment.

The postholder will work closely with a group of other researchers working in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation in synthetic biology, neuroscience and neurotechnology.

The post is full-time and funding is currently from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017

The job will be based in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine located at the Strand Campus and will require some travel to Imperial College London, Edinburgh University, Newcastle University, and Cambridge University.

Post duration: Fixed-term contract for 18 months.


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,277 to £38,511 per annum, plus £2,323 London Allowance per annum.

Interviews will likely be held on 26 November 2015 (tbc).

Contact Information:

To apply for this post you will need to register with the university’s recruitment system, HireWire, to download and submit the application form:

Please note, if you are submitting a CV or a short statement these will need to copied and pasted into the application form as part of the same document, as the system only allows you to submit one document. Application forms must also be in word format, not PDF. Please also note, once submitted, your application cannot be edited.

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