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Research Associate

Faculty of Education

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 14th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927 pro rata
  • REF: JR28144
  • Closes: 10th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Part Time

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a part-time Research Associate (0.5 FTE) to work on a new research project in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL). The project is a large-scale, long-term follow-up study of families with children aged 6-8 years. The follow-up study extends upon families’ earlier participation in the Healthy Start, Happy Start study, a randomised controlled trial of a video-feedback parenting intervention delivered to caregivers when their children were 1-3 years old. The project is led by Prof. Paul Ramchandani and Dr. Christine O’Farrelly (PEDAL).

The post-holder will have a leading role in planning and co-ordinating the collection of data related to parenting, parent-child interaction, and children’s behaviour and development. The post-holder will undertake supervision of research assistants during the conduct of the study. They will also contribute to the preparation and dissemination of key findings via academic publications.

Applicants should have a PhD in developmental psychology or closely-related field (including research methods), or be close to completion of a PhD, or have research experience commensurate to a doctoral degree. They will have experience of complex research projects in early years family or school settings, ideally including randomised controlled trial methodology in this field. The postholder will be highly organised and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The starting date for the post is ideally November 2021 or soon after. The appointment is funded directly by the project and funds are available until 30 June 2023.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children’s barred list).

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Faculty.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani (pr441@cam.ac.uk).

We hope to hold interviews on 29 October 2021

Please quote reference JR28144 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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