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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Assistant to work within PEDAL (the Faculty of Education's research centre for play in education, development and learning) providing research support for a series of projects to investigate play between parents and children in the early years.

The research assistant will work with the project team to collect child and parent data as well as data from the school context, and support the entry, coding and analysis of data. The research assistant will also work on one or more systematic literature reviews within the same field.

Applicants will have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or equivalent experience, with a specific interest in play research. They will also have experience in data collection with children and families and experience in managing quantitative data. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience and understanding of mixed methods research would be advantageous.

The post will be managed by Professor Paul Ramchandani (Director, PEDAL Research Centre) and Dr Christine O'Farrelly (Research Associate).

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 for 18 months in the first instance.

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 and adults' barred lists).

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 the afternoon of 13 March 2019.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Paul Ramchandani (

Please quote reference JR18128 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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