The Royal Society of Edinburgh is looking for a Qualitative Researcher who has excellent research and writing skills, as well as a background and interest in Scottish relations across Africa. This would be suited to a 1st or 2nd year PhD Student, but we welcome applications from anyone who feels they meet the criteria below. 

  • Either full-time (35 hours/week) fixed term of up to eight weeks, or part-time over several months, to be agreed with applicant upon appointment  
  • Flexible working
  • Hourly rate of £16.78
  • Closing date: 23 June 2024 at 23:59

This placement will be central in contributing to the RSE’s Africa Working Group by building on an existing report of all major activities and relations of Scottish Universities in Africa. This project aims to provide a detailed overview of all current and recent major collaborations and existing partnerships involving the Scottish Higher Education sector and African institutions to help deliver the RSE’s strategic plan, values, and mission of “knowledge made useful”. 
As Scotland’s National Academy with over 1,800 Fellows from academia, business, and public service who are among the most distinguished in their fields, we engage and connect nationally and internationally to share knowledge and tackle the most pressing challenges of the modern world. This placement would be working closely with the involved fellows, members of the Africa Working Group, and the International Team at the RSE. 

We are looking for a talented individual to:

  • Lead on this scoping project in a timely, productive, and efficient manner; 
  • Work with the members of the Africa Working Group; 
  • Work with RSE colleagues and external stakeholders; 
  • Analyse survey results; 
  • Interview key contacts across Scotland, remotely and/or in-person; 
  • Survey Google/relevant websites/other resources as appropriate; 
  • Produce a written report on scoping outcomes; 
  • Present report at relevant meetings and workshops; 
  • Collaborate with RSE staff to publicise the report.  

Benefits to the researcher:

  • Gain valuable experience working at Scotland’s National Academy;
  • A deeper understanding and insight into the extent of Scotland’s involvement in pan-African relations, research and development in the higher education (HE) sector;
  • Opportunity to suggest further research from a multidisciplinary approach;
  • Help to inform areas of future activity for the RSE;
  • Increased network development as the researcher works across Scottish HE stakeholders, organisations and world-renowned RSE Fellows;
  • Learning from RSE colleagues, Fellows, and scholars;
  • Opportunity to present and discuss work at RSE events/workshops

If you have proven knowledge and experience of working in/on Africa, and/ or a background in a relevant field, then we want to hear from you! 

How to apply

Please apply by 23 June 2024 at 23:59 BST by sending the following information to Cecile Clegg, HR Officer, [email protected]. Interviews will take place in early July.

  • CV (Two pages)
  • Statement of Interest (250 words)
  • Writing sample (500 words)

Please note that the RSE is not in the position to sponsor work or student visas. Pre-employment screening will include the necessary right to work in the UK checks as well as reference checks.