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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Associate, starting in January 2018, to work on an international project "Responsive Models for Early Childhood Care and Education in India" funded by the British Academy Early Childhood Development Scheme.

The aim of the project is to generate contextually-responsive models of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for disadvantaged communities in India. The research involves analysing the social and cultural practices of ECCE in both family/community settings and in ECCE institutional environments. The research is located in the two Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The project is particularly interested in the interactions between economic, political, cultural and psycho-social factors in models of early childhood development. The multi-disciplinary team, comprising of sociologists, economists, and psychologists, will be working together to synthesise both ethnographic qualitative data as well as quantitative analysis of financial costs for contextually-responsive ECCE.

The postholder will make key contributions to the qualitative components of the project, bringing to the team their expertise in Childhood Studies. (S)he will be responsible for supporting holistically the research needs of the project, from literature review, political economy analysis of ECCE in the two states, analysis of secondary and primary data, preparation of presentations, drafting of blogs, policy briefs and academic papers. The postholder is expected to work collaboratively with the international research partners and undertake trips to India for research purposes, including to support the design and piloting of research instruments, site visits, and country engagement meetings with research partners and key policy stakeholders. (S)he will also liaise with team members responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses and is expected to lead specific research outputs under the direction of Dr Arathi Sriprakash.

The postholder will also engage with the project management to ensure the timely production of outputs, keeping track of delivery towards these outputs, and contributing to quarterly and annual reporting.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Education, Psychology or related discipline with knowledge of debates and literature in childhood studies; evidence of strong interest in and understanding of the research topic; experience in qualitative data analysis, with a strong understanding of ethnographic methodologies, and ability to work with mixed research methods; evidence of drafting reports and contributing to writing for academic publication to a high standard; the ability to write blogs and policy briefs and prepare Powerpoint presentations for wider audiences; good organisational and interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with a range of professionals across diverse settings, including evidence of project management and/or event management; and, the capacity to manage own their workload and work independently to tight deadlines within guidelines provided.

For full details of the post and the person criteria, please see the Further Particulars.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 17 months in the first instance.

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 during the week commencing 20 November 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Arathi Sriprakash (as621@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR13529 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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