PaCCS Placement with the National Crime Agency

PaCCS Placement with the National Crime Agency

UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) is seeking a researcher to undertake a placement, spending up to 3 months working with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to help NCA understand the impact of a specific strand of Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC) on the UK. The exact nature of the Placement’s tasking will reflect NCA priorities at the time.

The placement will initially entail discussions with relevant stakeholders; reading documents and reviewing data (identified in consultation with the NCA supervisor and others); collating and analysing findings; and drafting an OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE Assessment which can be easily understood by policy audiences. This report will be the key output of this placement and will be used by NCA to inform policy thinking. 

The successful candidate will have strong academic grounding in either Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioural Science and be continuing to conduct research in at least one of these areas.  The candidate will have strong analytical skills, strong oral and written communication skills. The post is best-suited to those studying towards a PhD where the PaCCS funding (in the form of a Student Maintenance Grant) would allow – with the support of UKRI and the necessary approval of the researcher’s university – three months to be “taken out” to work on this placement. Those who are engaged in post-doctoral research are also eligible to apply.

It would be very helpful if the successful candidate exhibits knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding TNOC in general and the culture and operations of criminal organisations in particular.

The successful candidate will work with material classified at OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE and below, and will spend a significant amount of time working in the NCA but some remote working will be allowed (under the direction and agreement of the NCA line management chain). The successful candidate will report to Dr Tristram Riley-Smith (Director of Research at Cambridge’s Department of Politics & International Studies and PaCCS Research Integrator). 

This placement is part of the PaCCS programme Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC): Deepening & Broadening Our Understanding.

COMPENSATION: A Student Maintenance Grant of £3,707.50 is provided to cover 3 months. Claims for eligible travel & accommodation costs incurred during the placement up to a limit of £2,400

CLOSING DATE: 30 November 2020 

For more information, please see the attached document, here.