Grade and Salary Band: Grade 8 (£33,242 to £38,511)
Advert closing date: 19 May 2015
Location/City: Manchester
Contract type: Fixed Term
Average weekly working hours: 37,00
End date or duration: 29 January 2017

The Department of Sociology offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short professional development courses in the areas of Sociology, Criminology, Global Change and Forensic Science. These disciplines provide an excellent understanding of key issues confronting Britain and the world and emphasising the interaction between individuals, groups and social institutions. Expert teaching and research staff lead on several international research and policy projects and work with key agencies such as European, national and local governments, police forces and other public sector organisations.

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (www.mmuperu.co.uk) at Manchester Metropolitan University is a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, evaluators, economists and criminologists. Our projects cover a range of social policy issues including social justice, employment, criminal justice, youth political participation and social innovation. We work in the UK and Europe, pride ourselves on our methodological rigour and made a significant contribution to the University’s REF2014 submission.

We are based in MMU's Sociology Department rated 17th in the REF2014. Research excellence is key to the University’s strategic plan. In the recent REF2014 MMU rose 12 places in the overall quality rankings. PERU staff are actively supported to publish in peer reviewed journals (see www.mmuperu.co.uk/publications)


The post holder will work full-time on research and evaluation projects that cover various aspects of social policy including current projects on youth wellbeing, social investment and criminal justice. Future bids are planned in areas including co-production, youth political participation and knowledge mobilization. Many of our projects have a European dimension.

The post holder will work primarily in the field of quantitative social science including research design, conducting and managing quantitative research (including supervision of field work) and analysing, interpreting, and disseminating findings to appropriate groups.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who can work flexibly across a range of innovative /ground-breaking projects and contribute to informing evidence based national and European policy. This post requires quantitative research skills and experience. The postholder should also have knowledge in one or more of the following fields: social justice; social investment; criminal justice; youth political participation or a related social policy sector.

Candidates can find further information and apply via the Manchester Metropolitan University website :