ARU is a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. ARU holds a Gold award for the quality of its education, awarded through the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

ARU’s research institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference to our communities. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 16 of our research areas assessed as world leading. We are the largest provider of Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care students in the East of England, and we are also among the UK’s leading universities for degree apprenticeship provision, working with hundreds of employers across the UK.

About the role

The Research Assistant will undertake basic research including conducting literature reviews and database searches whilst also providing research support to the academic research manager. The new Centre will have a strongly collaborative approach with local, regional, and national uniformed public services organisations to tackle issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion. They will also contribute to the planning of research projects, the preparation of research applications and assisting with the writing of research reports and papers as directed by the lead academic.

You will have a Degree and with excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to think innovatively to join our excellent team and be at the heart of this important new Centre, as well as supporting the research excellence within both VFI & PIER. You will have experience of writing concise but comprehensive reports/papers.

There will be opportunities for mentoring, support and career development and the chance to work with dynamic internationally leading academics with a track-record of research excellence and real-world impact.

Informal enquiries can be made to the team at

Find out more about working with us

We have an agile working culture and offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that ARU will carry out online searches as part of the due diligence on short listed candidates.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

In accordance with the UK Government’s immigration points-based system, this post does not meet the characteristics of a skilled job including salary criteria to be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route.

Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working.