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Research Assistant

UCL Institute of Education

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 06th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £32,217 - £33,958 per annum
  • REF: 1880923
  • Closes: 19th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking to appoint a 0.5FTE Research Fellow to work on a UKRI-GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub project which investigates and profiles the cognitive development of young children and their home and early learning environments.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the role the successful candidate will be based in two departments: the Department of Learning and Leadership and the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

The Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) is a large specialist research and teaching department of approximately 140 academic staff specialises in early years and primary education, educational leadership and education policy.

The Department of Psychology and Human Development (PHD) brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

The project is one of 12 new Global Research Hubs funded by UKRI through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and places UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The aim of the Hub is to contribute to the global efforts to reduce child stunting by up to 10% across three study sites in India, Indonesia and Senegal. The project is based on innovative interdisciplinary research that will enhance our understanding of the factors that lead to optimal development and learning for children living in low and middle-income countries.

You will contribute to quantitative and qualitative research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs and research outcomes. This will include coordinating the standardisation and administration of different measures across the three study sites, preparing databases and analysing large datasets using international cognitive and education environment measures, interviews and/or questionnaire surveys.

You will also have the opportunity to contribute to synthesising different strands of qualitative and quantitative data on the research project and report writing.

You will assist in communicating the results of the research to different key stakeholder groups including multi-disciplinary teams on the Hub. Overseas travel is expected to work with local country partners.

The role will offer the opportunity to be involved in a globally influential research project and international collaboration.

Key Requirements

You will have completed your doctoral studies in in the field of developmental psychology and/or early years education, or be at the final stages of completion (viva-stage). In addition, you will have quantitative and/or mixed methods research expertise in the field of cognitive development and early years education.

This post is available from 1st February 2022 until 28th February 2024 in the first instance.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for this vacancy click on the Apply Now button below.

For further details about this post, please contact Professor Lynn Ang: l.ang@ucl.ac.uk.

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Closing Date

19 Jan 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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