10 Nov, 2023

Vacancy: Research Assistants

Join Scotland’s leading experts in risk assessment and risk management, working to keep the public safe from the risk of serious harm. We’ve got vacancies for two Research Assistants to join the team.

Grade 3 (£32,647 – £35,773) | Permanent, full time (37 hours per week) |
Hybrid (two days per week in our Paisley office)

The Role

The Research Assistant will primarily contribute to research projects under supervision. Your responsibilities as Research Assistant will be things like: conducting literature searches and translating this into accessible and succinct summaries; doing data input and analysis, and reviewing, updating and maintaining databases and datasets; reporting, including contributing to research reports; and identifying opportunities to apply research findings to practice. We’ll also need you to work with internal and external stakeholders to support RMA research activities.

To apply for this role, you should have a degree and ideally a relevant professional/post-graduate qualification, such as research methods, clinical psychology or forensic psychology, law or social work. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and risk assessment and management is desirable. Full details are in the Job Description, contained within the Application Pack below.

The Organisation

The Risk Management Authority (RMA) is a non-departmental public body, established in 2006. A small team of less than 30, we aim to support our colleagues in as many ways as we can, embracing our values of learning, integrity, fairness and excellence.

We’re currently working on a hybrid basis to allow for a better work/life balance, and we offer a flexible working policy and provide flexi time for all staff. As part of the Scottish Government, we’re pleased to be able to offer a wide range of benefits including 27 days’ annual leave plus 11 ½ public/privilege holidays you use flexibly at a time that suits you. We’re pleased to be able to offer our staff an excellent civil service pension provision. We also provide an Employee Assistance Service (EAS) where you can get expert guidance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whether you’re experiencing issues at work or at home.

Plus, right now colleagues can take advantage of a weekly Wellbeing Hour, a paid hour per week to do something to support your mental or physical wellbeing. This will continue through to 2024, where it’ll be replaced by a shorter working week. We’re working towards reducing the working week from 37 to 35 hours, with no reduction in pay.

We really value the experience and expertise of our team. Supporting your professional development is a priority for us, and we’re proud to provide a generous CPD offering.

Application Information

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

If you’d like a confidential chat about the position or any process queries, you can contact our Head of Development, Geoff (geoffrey.taylor@rma.gov.scot) or our Development Lead, Rachel (rachel.webb@rma.gov.scot).

Key Dates

Closing date for applications: midnight, 3 December 2023

Interview dates from: week commencing 18 December 2023

All applications must be submitted to us by e-mail to recruitment@rma.gov.scot, we don’t accept applications from agencies.

Application Pack

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