08 Aug, 2023

Vacancy: Research Assistant

Applications are now closed.

Join our team! We’re looking for someone to join us on a fixed term (12-months) basis as a Research Assistant

Role: Research Assistant
Location: Hybrid Working (Minimum of two days per week in our Paisley Office)
Salary: Grade 3 (£31,093 – £34,069)
Contract: Full Time (37 hours per week) Fixed Term Contract (12 months)

We are looking for a temporary Research Assistant to join our OLR team at the Risk Management Authority (RMA), on a 12-month fixed term contract. The RMA is a non-departmental public body which focuses on protecting the public from the risk of serious harm posed by violent and sexual offending.  

The Research Assistant will support and contribute to a range of research projects under supervision of the development team. You will work on advancing effective practice in the field of risk assessment and management practice. As well as supporting the range of functions at RMA to support the promotion of effective practice.  

Responsibilities will include conducting literature searches and translating literature into accessible and succinct summaries. You will be expected to conduct data input and analysis. Identify opportunities to apply research findings to practice. You will also liaise effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders to support research activities.  


You should be qualified to post-graduate level in a relevant social science subject and have previous experience of quantitative research. The successful candidate will demonstrate good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to prioritise workload effectively and efficiently. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential for this role. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and research literature on risk assessment and management is desirable. 


RMA offer a wide range of flexibility and benefits including 27 days’ annual leave plus 11½ public/privilege holidays, flexible working, flexi time, newly introduced weekly wellbeing leave hour, excellent pension, individualised continuous professional development and supportive policies and procedures, including a hybrid working policy. 


You would be joining a small organisation of 24 colleagues who are exceptionally supportive to each other. We underpin all that we do by supporting and applying our “LIFE” values: Learning; Integrity; Fairness; and Excellence. 

We recognise our responsibility in our role to “make Scotland safer by reducing serious harm”. Find out more by browsing this website.


For an informal discussion please contact Debbie Campbell, Head of OLR. Her contact details are debbie.campbell@rma.gov.scot or call 0141 278 4478. 


The application pack is available to download below. Alternatively, you can request an application pack by contacting our offices on 0141 278 4478 or via e-mail recruitment@rma.gov.scot 

Closing date for applications: midnight, Monday 28 August 2023 

Interview date: Thursday 7 September 2023 

No Agencies.  


To apply, please send a completed application form and equalities and diversity monitoring form to recruitment@rma.gov.scot with the subject line ‘Research Assistant Application’. Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 28 August 2023.

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