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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Associate (0.6FTE) to work on a research project (2019-21) that is investigating how technology can enable young people from areas of low social mobility to engage meaningfully with the world of work. This project involves empirically testing a model of 'Virtual Internships' intended to bridge the worlds of education and enterprise. Guided by the overarching question "How can Virtual Internships engage young people in areas of low social mobility with the world of work?", design-based research will be undertaken in collaboration with industry and school-based colleagues to investigate the effect that Virtual Internships have on the:

  • Ambitions and aspirations of young people in areas traditionally associated with low social mobility
  • Development of skills and competencies such learners are likely to require for success in the modern workplace (in particular those related to communication, creativity, collaborative problem solving and critical thinking)

The advertised role involves supporting the 'day-to-day' operation of the project. One particular responsibility will be to support the development of an ambitious CPD programme for teachers and associated teaching materials (e.g. creating classroom materials and lesson plans in addition to supporting CPD sessions). Further, the role will involve modifying, developing and implementing instruments for systematic data collection and analysis.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of managing research and applying quantitative and qualitative methods in educational research. Experience researching and/or using digital technology in education would also be advantageous. In addition to teachers in our partner schools and colleagues in industry, the successful applicant will work closely with the Principal Investigator (Professor Rupert Wegerif) and Co-Investigator (Dr Louis Major). They will also work occasionally with other Faculty-based staff (e.g. Audio-Visual and Academic Support Staff).

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, the project topic. For appointment at Research Associate, the successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant subject. For full details of the post and person specification for each level, please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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.

We hope to hold interviews on 6 March 2019.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Rupert Wegerif ( and Dr Louis Major (

Please quote reference JR18072 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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