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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

This post is based within the Play in Education, Development and Learning research group within the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, and will provide research support and leadership for a longitudinal project exploring the measurement of play and its association with social-emotional development (comprising theory-of-mind understanding, emotion understanding and social competence) in early school-aged children. Key features of this study are the inclusion of multiple measure of children's play and social cognition, and the use of detailed observations of children's peer interactions. You will primarily contribute to the drafting of research publications by undertaking data analysis and literature reviewing. In addition, this role will involve some behavioural coding and data collection for the final wave of a longitudinal study.

You will need a PhD, and a working knowledge of different statistical packages, and will have excellent organisational and writing skills. You will be comfortable working with children and teachers, and will work as part of a team of at least three researchers led by Dr Jenny Gibson.

For full details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification, please see the further particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2018 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

We hope to hold interviews on 6 September 2017.

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Dr Jenny Gibson (

Please quote reference JR12880 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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