UCL European Institute


Research Associate (part-time) 

14 December 2017



The European Institute is seeking to appoint a part-time Research Associate who will be responsible for leading on and contributing to the Institute's communications, events and external engagement strategy and outputs. The postholder will also manage all European Institute blogs.

Contract Type:As and When
Hours:Part-time (8-15 hours per week)
Salary:£22.00 / hour
Closes:22nd December 2017

The European Institute is UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union. We exist to promote academic excellence in the study of Europe at UCL, working to provide a leading forum for intellectual debate and acting as liaison between the university and EU and UK policymaking communities. We offer a diverse programme of public events, provide expert analysis and commentary for media outlets and policymakers, coordinate and develop researcher networks, and support a wide range of researchers and Europe-focused research projects. 

As part of its expanding range of activities, the European Institute is seeking a part-time Research Associate to assist with various aspects of communications, events and external engagement work. The postholder will manage our blogs, which includes commissioning and editing pieces for the UCL Brexit Blog. The postholder will also play a leading role in commissioning and developing outputs relating to the arts, culture and humanities. 

This post forms part of our Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant.

Key qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant field: European politics and public policy, EU law, history, culture or society.
  • Fluent command of at least one European language in addition to English.
  • A keen personal and professional interest in topics related to European affairs, such as politics, history or culture and an ongoing interest in developments in European politics and society.
  • Relevant working experience in intellectually demanding and/or academic and research based-roles.
  • Familiarity and previous experience of digital communications, including: editing websites and blogs, using social media tools, and editing newsletters for mailing lists.
  • Excellent command of written English and the intellectual creativity and experience to write and edit texts (e.g. website text, reports, papers) both independently and in conjunction with others.
  • Demonstrable experience of events organisation (e.g. conferences, workshops, seminar series etc.).
  • Proven ability to forge relationships and engage with non-academic stakeholders and organisations, such as policymakers, think tanks, advisory bodies, and diplomatic and cultural organisations.
  • Good presentation and public speaking skills.


  • Manage the UCL Brexit Blog, including commissioning, editing and promoting articles.
  • Manage the European Institute's comment series, including commissioning, editing and promoting articles.  
  • Contribute to all aspects of event mangement, including promotion, logistics and coordination. 
  • Contribute to the European Institute's digital communications strategy and outputs, including editing websites, sending newsletters and managing social media accounts.
  • Lead on the European Institute's strategy for enhancing engagement with the arts and humanties, including forging relationships and commissioning videos and podcasts. 

Hours: 8-15 hours per week, depending on specific needs, projects and events. This is an As and When contract with flexible working patterns.

The postholder would start in January and work until July 2018. 

Pay: £22 / hour 

To apply: please send a CV and a short covering email to european.institute@ucl.ac.uk by Friday 22 December at 5pm. We will be interviewing applicants in early January.