Job Advert: Research Assistant (0.4FTE)

The Constitution Unit is the main research centre in the School of Public Policy at University College London, focusing on constitutional reform and comparative constitutional study. The Unit has a strong policy focus and works closely with government, parliament and the courts. It currently has five senior researchers, four research assistants and various research interns.  It is a stimulating work environment with a strong tradition of supporting young researchers and growing their skills and experience to the fullest extent.

The Constitution Unit is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work alongside the Deputy Director Dr Meg Russell, in her work on parliament. Responsibilities include conducting literature searches, compiling bibliographies, inputting and analysing data, arranging interviews and updating project websites. The post is funded for 1 year from the start date and we are looking to recruit as soon as possible.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant must have a 2:1 degree or above, in politics or a related field, and a good knowledge and understanding of British politics.  They will have strong research skills, excellent written English, strong IT skills, and a good track record of prioritising their own workload and meeting deadlines. Knowledge of the British parliament, and experience of using Access databases and/or research software such as Endnote, SPSS and Nvivo would all be an advantage.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page. To apply for the vacancy please read the submission requirements carefully and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Meg Russell ( If you have any queries regarding the vacancy itself or the application process, or you require a paper version of the details, please contact Sydonnie Hyman email, tel +44 (0)207 679 4944.

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 April, 9.00am

Interviews are expected: Monday 30 April


Applications via the UCL job site:

Lecturer in British and Comparative Politics

The Constitution Unit is looking for a new lecturer in British and Comparative Politics

Hours: Full time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): Salary will be on the UCL Lecturer A or B salary scale grade 7, (£35,557 – £38,594 per annum), and grade 8, (£39,668 – £46,822 per annum) inclusive of London Allowance.

Duties and Responsibilities: UCL wishes to appoint a new Lecturer starting in September 2012 to teach a core undergraduate course on Comparative Political Analysis, and to offer at least two additional courses in British or Comparative Politics. The new Lecturer will also be required to teach on Master’s programmes, and to supervise Masters’ dissertations. The new lecturer will undertake research of the highest international standards within his or her own specialist field, which will contribute to the research standing and culture of the Department. Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates whose research interests complement those of the Constitution Unit, the Department’s leading research centre for British and comparative politics. The Unit’s website is at This appointment is available from 1st September 2012.

Key Requirements: Applications are invited from candidates with a PhD in politics and a familiarity with British and comparative politics. Previous experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level is essential. Candidates should demonstrate research achievement at a high level appropriate to stage of career, and show an ability to make a distinctive contribution to the Department’s teaching needs in respect of British and comparative politics.

Further Information: A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Further information on the Department of Political Science and our teaching programmes is available on our website ( Further information on the Affiliate Programme is at: Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Robert Hazell ( If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sydonnie Hyman (email: telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 4944).


It is anticipated that short listed candidates will be invited to interview on 26th March 2012.



Full details and applications at: