Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6PY
Grade 6: £29,176 – £30,942
The Department of Education at the University of Oxford wishes to appoint two Research Assistants to work with the LiFT team (http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/lift-learning-for-families-through-technology/). The LiFT team have secured funding for a further three years from Ferrero International to work with them and Gameloft on their app for children, Applaydu (https://www.kinder.com/uk/en/applaydu).
As part of our research agenda, we will be evaluating aspects of Applaydu for educational potential, and working with Gameloft and Kinder to develop new content to allow us to examine aspects of children’s learning through use of the app. The three main areas that we are covering involve language learning in both native and non-native speaking children (with a specific focus on vocabulary), creativity, and parental engagement. We are also planning a research programme around the data analytics from Applaydu and how this informs research.
There are two separate Research Assistant positions. In this position, the main duties will be to help implement the research agenda that the LiFT team have developed, which will involve review of the app, literature searching, and to assist in data collection (with young children and families) and analyses of data. This post will also have associated with it some project management responsibilities.
Both postholders will hold a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Psychology, Education, Applied Linguistics), with relevant experience related to the respective position.
Good interpersonal, IT and organisational skills are essential, as is the ability to liaise with various agencies, schools and the research team. The postholders should be highly motivated and be able to work independently, and to meet strict deadlines.
For further details regarding the second available Research Assistant opportunity within the LiFT team, please see vacancy 149512
This post is full-time, available from mid April 2021 for a fixed-term until 31 December 2023 in the first instance.
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 12 March 2021 will be considered.
Interviews will be held week commencing 29 March 2021 for both positions.
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