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Research Associate (DIALLS) (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a part-time Research Associate (0.6 fte) to work on a new large-scale project with nine partner institutions, funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme and led by Dr Fiona Maine. The project will work in schools across Europe to support the development of young people's cultural literacy, which is defined as a set of competences and dispositions moving beyond understanding of European culture into an awareness of one's own cultural identities and those of others. It will work with teachers from primary and secondary schools to develop a programme of cultural literacy learning, focusing on the development of dialogue and argumentation as children read and respond to visual narratives of European origin.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with children and young people in schools, recording and analysing classroom discussions, particularly focusing on dialogue. They will provide support to European colleagues in the development of a Cultural Analysis Framework to enable the selection of cultural texts for the project and support the project co-ordinator to recruit and work with suitable participants to develop a Cultural Literacy Learning Programme, whilst leading on the collection of data in schools. The successful candidate will also work with a European team to develop and apply consistent coding approaches for the analysis of classroom dialogue. The role will involve the preparation of materials for reporting, assisting with drafting papers for publication, literature and evidence reviews and collaboratively organising a semi-virtual student conference.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject, or have substantial research experience, commensurate to a doctoral degree and be able to demonstrate an interest in the research area or research methodology. Qualitative research skills, specifically coding and analysing dialogue, are essential as are excellent data analysis skills using a range of data handling software. Applicants must have an understanding of ethical and confidentiality issues and experience preparing documents for publication. Experience coordinating data collection in classrooms and skills in mixed methods research are desirable.

Applicants must also demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with a range of professionals across the higher education sector. The ability to work both independently, managing own workload to tight deadlines, and as part of an international team is also essential whilst experience of virtual conference planning is desirable.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 1 August 2018 until 30 April 2021 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.

Please ensure that you upload a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of application indicating how you would contribute to the responsibilities of the post.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Fiona Maine (

We hope to hold interviews on 2 July 2018.

Please quote reference JR15711 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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