Research Associates x 2 (1 x Quantitative and 1 x Qualitative)

Start Date: 11 March 2024

End Date:  31 October 2024

Contract Days: 70 days per associate

Day Rate: £150/ day

Applications close – 29th February

Online interviews to take place w/c 4th March


The Centre for the New Midlands is looking to recruit 2 research associates for an evaluation study of the West Midlands Social Housing Quality Fund works and impacts.


One research associate will focus on qualitative data gathering and analysis and the other associate on quantitative data gathering and analysis. Both associates will engage in the collation and analysis of housing stock data and contribute to the report write-up.


Click here to download the job description for the roles.


The candidates will ideally have post-doctoral or postgraduate research project experience, including in conducting interviews and focus groups and analysis, and in designing and administering online surveys (using programmes like Qualtrics or BOS) and analysing survey data respectively. Strong candidates will be proficient at undertaking research in areas like the built environment, construction and housing, retrofitting, housing policy, social policy, or the health and wellbeing impacts of housing. It will be beneficial if researchers are already familiar with industry standards such as Building and Safety Standards, Decent Homes, Housing Health and Safety Rating System and the standardised ONS wellbeing measures for surveys.


This is the first project being undertaken by the Centre for New Midlands with the West Midlands Combined Authority but there are a number of future projects currently in discussion, so while these posts are fixed term for the duration of this evaluation study, there will be opportunities for future collaboration and to be involved in other research projects around housing quality and placemaking through the Centre.


Although the suggested workload allocation in the project brief is mapped out according to stages over the project timeline, there is capacity for some flexibility around this workload allocation, where possible. This would allow for contract days to be spread more evenly across the 8-month contract, so approximately 7/8 days per month. Alternatively, if intermittent blocks of time are more suitable around the project tasks where appropriate that can also be discussed.


After reviewing the project overview, methodology and suggested workload allocation, please submit your application by completing this short form below.  If you would like to have a conversation with Dr Halima Sacranie to find out more about this study and the role, that will also be possible – please email Halima ( to arrange a call.


Thank you for your interest in the Centre for the New Midlands.




Please complete the below form to apply

Applications close 23:59 on 29th February and online interviews will take place w/c 4th March


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