UCL European Institute


Research Assistant with the Constitution Unit

11 February 2016


11 February 2016
Looking for part time work? A vacancy is on offer at the Constitution Unit. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 22 February 2016.

Hours: As/When (Part Time)

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £15.49 per hour

Duties and Responsibilities

The 'As and When' Research Assistant will work with Dr Alan Renwick in consultation with Dr Christine Reh and Professor Meg Russell to deliver a series of seminars and related web-based materials on the theme Brexit: The Constitutional Consequences for Britain and Europe. This programme is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the UK in a Changing Europe programme. Four seminars will relate to specific areas of potential impact; for each of these, in addition to the seminar, a short video and a briefing paper will be produced. A fifth event will be a large-scale debate on the general subject of whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union. Our intention is that these events and related materials should contribute significantly to debates in advance of the UK's referendum on EU membership. Accordingly, the seminars will be timed to precede the referendum: the four thematic seminars will take place between April and early June; the general debate will take place in June or later, depending on the referendum date.

The successful candidate will be expected to take the lead in planning, coordinating, and editing the briefing papers. She or he will also play an active role in conducting background research in advance of the seminars, in organising and publicising the seminars, and in other activities related to the programme. She or he should be available primarily from April to June, when up to 150 hours of work may be available. This work will be more intense at some times than at others, and it is therefore essential that the successful candidate be able to work flexibly.

Ket Requirements 

Applicants must hold a high 2.1 or first-class Bachelor's degree in political science or a related field or have equivalent qualifications or experience. They should havegood general research skills and demonstrable knowledge of British politics and keen interest in the politics of Britain's relationship with the EU. They should have excellent written communication and editing skills, an ability to work to tight deadlines, and an ability to work flexibly in the period from April to June. They should preferably have some experience in editing blogs, newsletters, or other similar publications.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To make an application please email ben.webb@ucl.ac.uk with the following documents:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter stating why you are a suitable candidate and, in particular, explaining how the flexible pattern of work required for the role will fit among your other commitments.
  • A piece of work, such as a recent blog post or short essay. 

Please note that referees will only be contacted if you are shortlisted. Please indicate whether we can contact your referees without further permission from you.

Closing Date for Applications 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 22 February 2016. Interviews will be held the week commencing on 14 March 2016

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.