Come, join us…

I’m very excited that we are currently advertising for a Researcher Well-Being Intern to work with us in the summer. This is open to 2nd, 3rd and penultimate year undergraduate students from the University of Edinburgh and will give you a chance to work with us on a project which will directly the way we support our research students and staff. I wrote a blog on this topic last week which may be useful background for potential applicants.

More details are below and we’d be very grateful for any help in publicising the vacancy. If you know of a student who is interested in wellbeing and resilience, considering a research career or curious about higher education issues, please encourage them to apply or contact me for more information. The closing date is Feb 19th so get cracking!

Job Purpose:
As pressures on researchers increase, gaining a greater understanding of researcher well-being and how it can be supported and promoted is essential. The main purpose of this internship is to undertake a project focusing on the promotion and support of well-being for researchers at the University. There will also be opportunities to become involved in a range of other activities and projects as part of the researcher development programme.Main Responsibilities:
• Conduct an initial scoping exercise which highlights relevant research into researcher well-being, identifies existing support and proposes priorities for future work. Produce a written summary of this work.
• Undertake some national and international benchmarking into the ways in which other institutions are supporting researcher well-being.
• Liaise with other support units and Schools at the University to build up an overview of well-being for researchers and identify links and synergies.
• Generate ideas and draft text for webpages and other support materials

The intern can hope to build on the following skills/ experience during their project:
– Analytical and reporting skills
– Time management and organisation
– Team-working
– Strategic thinking
– Project development

Person Specification:

Essential:
• A 2nd to penultimate year undergraduate student
• Excellent written English
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail
• The ability to complete tasks and to meet tight deadlines
• Willingness to work as a team and work collaboratively
• Ability to use data from various sources to draw conclusions and make recommendations
• Digital/ IT skills

Desirable:
• An interest in well-being
• An interest in researcher development.

IAD is a great place to work and we’re looking forward to hosting an intern for the summer and hearing their ideas about how to address this important topic effectively and appropriately.
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