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Senior Research Fellow in Personal Financial Wellbeing

Aston Business School

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £51,799 to £60,022 per annum (pro-rata)
Grade:  Grade 10
Contract Type:  Continuing
Basis:  Part Time (0.5FTE)
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 25 February 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R220015
Release Date:  Thursday 13 January 2022

Aston Business School is a Triple Accredited University (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and one of the leading Universities in the UK for academic research (in the recent REF we received 100% for Research Impact), excellent teaching (awarded Gold rating in the 2016/17 TEF) and business engagement. We are only one of three UK institutions with the Small Business Charter Gold Award. In 2020 we were the Guardian’s University of the Year and the THE’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year. We are again shortlisted for University of the Year in 2021-22.The University actively supports and finances academic and entrepreneurial spin-offs.  

This post will work within a new research team that is being established within ABS addressing research related to personal financial wellbeing. This will include all aspects of asset building, financial resilience development and personal financial security, for both the short term (savings etc.) and longer term (pensions etc.). It will include a focus on financial education and exploring how individuals and households make financial decisions. It will include work that address personal finances for individuals, families and those operating small or self-employed businesses. It will seek to focus on personal finance issues in a dynamic world of changed opportunities and challenges such as debt and credit management and both the accumulation and decumulation of wealth.  

The successful candidate will become a member of a team initially working across a range of existing projects with high profiles partners and clients. They will be responsible for instigating new projects and leading them to successful completion. They will also help to form new relationships and new research bids and partnerships. Their work will be an integral part of the operation at all stages of the research work undertaken and be part of the team that authors reports and papers resulting from this work aiming to achieve high impact and effect with our work to both a public and an academic audience. They will be involved in the development and mentoring of more junior staff.  

The successful candidate for this post will have advanced qualitative research skills – of at least doctoral level (or having equivalent experience). The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate they can work independently in using such skills and their prior experience as a researcher to bring to bear on both a range of projects and scenarios utilizing a breadth of qualitative research methodologies. 

Candidates should ideally have completed a PhD with a significant qualitative element within it, and will have held one or more post-doctoral researcher positions (or the equivalent thereof) prior to this role. 

Experience of working with data related to personal finances would be ideal as is experience of working with sensitive personal data. Experience managing projects to successful completion would be preferred as would experience of successfully seeking and securing funding for research work.

The university has a dynamic working policy allowing staff to work in a location that best suits the work. So while there may be an occasional need to attend the campus, the role holder will be able to work from home on a regular basis.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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