Research Associate in Safety Behaviour Change
Leeds Beckett University - University Research and Enterprise Office
Full-time, fixed term
Salary up to £35,000 DOE
A unique opportunity for a Research Associate in Safety Behaviour Change to lead a 24 month KTP project, applying academic skills and knowledge within a safety-critical environment, to facilitate a transformational shift in behavioural safety management.
This exciting partnership between Aggregate Industries UK and Leeds Beckett University will allow you to feel real autonomy in your approach to the project, seeing tangible results in the strategic shift in how behavioural safety is managed in the business. Your determined, resilient and proactive approach will be supported by academic expertise as you work within the business to deliver real and rewarding impact.
Aggregate Industries is at the frontline of construction and infrastructure industries in the UK, producing and supplying an array of construction materials. With 200+ sites and c.3,700 employees they are one of the largest suppliers to the UK market. The project is being championed at a very senior level within the company and the project will have an impact across a number of divisions in the business. Aggregate Industries is part of the Holcim group - a leading global building materials and solutions company. Find out more via their website, https://www.aggregate.com/.
Over the course of this 24 month project you will work with senior Aggregate Industries representatives and university academics. Utilising data-driven and academically robust approaches and drawing on expertise to apply health psychology behaviour change frameworks, the project will develop a structured safety behaviour identification and intervention protocol to reduce workplace transport related incidents and worker fatality risk.
Through this role Aggregate Industries will gain unique insights into the underlying individual and systemic factors that influence workplace safety. You will also embed a new capability to develop data and theory-driven safety behaviour change interventions that are targeted and tailored to reduce future incidents and fatalities.
You will lead the project as part of the nationally acclaimed KTP scheme (https://ktp-uk.org/), and will be upskilled via a personal development package to deliver this project using best practice in project management. KTP schemes are an invaluable way for talented graduates to fast-track their career development in their chosen sector, and establish their position as the industry leaders of tomorrow.
The role will suit a candidate with a first degree in a social science discipline such as psychology and a master’s qualification in a relevant area e.g. Health Psychology, Human Factors or Ergonomics, or Occupational Psychology.
A PhD qualification would be beneficial but is not essential to succeed in the role. You will be well supported by academic experts at Leeds Beckett University, specifically by renowned academics in the Psychology Applied to Safety and Health centre, led by Dr Jim Morgan.
Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills are important and work experience in and industrial or applied research environment would be advantageous. This will be a complex but rewarding project to manage, therefore you will need to be able to project manage effectively and have excellent interpersonal skills due to the nature of the project and the variety of stakeholders.
Some travel will be required as part of the role, costs will be reimbursed but you should have a driving license and access to your own vehicle.
This is a unique role for the right candidate and will present a fantastic opportunity to make a tangible difference to the business, grow their own skill set and experience and with a very realistic chance of permanent employment at the end of the project.
To arrange an informal discussion about this post, please contact Jo Griffiths at email@example.com .
The project provides dedicated budgets to support training and development (£2k pa) alongside opportunities to access the university’s pension scheme, staff benefits and discounts, staff training and development programmes as well as high level support from expert Leeds Beckett academics. The university also offers candidates the opportunity to study for a higher degree (MRes, MPhil or PhD) with a fee waiver in place.
Closing date: Thursday 10th Februrary (Midnight)
Interview date: Please note interviews are a two stage process and are likely to take place mid – end February 2022. This will be confirmed if successfully shortlisted.