Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (fixed term)


We are recruiting a Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow to work independently and as a key member of a committed team. The role is part of Dr Philippa Tomczak’s prestigious £1.3m, five year European Research Council Starting Grant RECEDE: ‘REgulating Criminal justicE DEtention: glocal prospects for improving health and safety in detention and society’ (2022 – 2027). 

Primary duties include the development of social/criminological theory, particularly processual approaches (assemblages, actor-network theory); analysis and collection of data from documents, interviews and hopefully ethnographic observation within and across detention settings; writing (first) authored publications for peer-reviewed journals across academic disciplines; and contributing to the development of funding proposals. 

Strong theoretical and writing abilities are essential and all candidates must already hold a PhD (awarded, not subject to major revisions).   

This project benefits from proximity to Dr Tomczak's seven year UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020 – 2024) and international prisonHEALTH research group, along with its location within the School of Sociology and Social Policy. 

This is a full-time post (36.25 hours), fixed term for 4 years. Part-time applications will be considered for candidates wishing to work a minimum of 29 hours per week, please indicate preferred hours in your application. 

Interview date: Tuesday 7th June 2022 

People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply as the School is determined to provide an inclusive environment for staff and students. 

At the University of Nottingham, we aim to give you all the support you need to develop and nurture your talent, to help you reach your professional and personal career goals. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages whilst supporting the well-being of our staff to help them reach their full potential. As a University employee, you will have access to a range of benefits, including salary sacrifice options, a generous holiday allowance and attractive pension scheme. We also offer staff membership of our fitness and health facilities and discounts with a large range of retailers and leisure services. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Philippa Tomczak, email philippa.tomczak[at] Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


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