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Research Fellow – Free Expression in Schools (Quantitative and Mixed Methods Focus)


College of Social Sciences

Location: This role will be based in London

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434.  London Weighting Allowance will be paid additionally.

Fixed term contract for up to 31st January 2025

Closing date:12th June 2022

Interview Date: 22nd June 2022

Job Purpose

Main Responsibilities (over the project lifetime)

  • Provide quantitative sampling and survey design expertise on a nationally representative survey for secondary schools, teachers, and pupils
  • Lead on gaining substantial national secondary school survey participation and on conducting online survey administration with schools
  • Conduct in-depth qualitative and youth participatory research in London schools and communities
  • Store, anonymise, code, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Support data synthesis from across the entire project
  • Analyse and evaluate research literature to identify key research gaps
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Lead with support, and co-write, high quality peer-reviewed research articles
  • Co-write research reports for non-specialist audiences
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, stakeholder, and academic seminars etc
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School/University research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Prepare and lead elements of regular team, advisory group, and youth advisory group meetings

Person Specification 

  • A PhD or near to completion demonstrating significant quantitative expertise in the fields of sociology, politics, education, or youth studies
  • Experience of successfully negotiating access to schools or other similar public institutions for research participation
  • Experienced in effective use of quantitative analysis tools such as SPSS
  • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative methods, and mixed method research approaches
  • Can plan and organise elements of the research project using digital collaboration platforms
  • Can assess project resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Can meet key deadlines for project outputs (publications, reports, stakeholder events)
  • Understands and can contribute to broader management/administration processes including online public communications (social media etc.)
  • Can co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Can adopt a consistently professional and discrete approach in dealing with challenging or difficult research tasks and circumstances
  • Can independently solve an appropriate range of problems relating to the project
  • Knows the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
  • Can be based in London for the duration of the project (with office space provided), and willing to travel to Birmingham typically once a month for project team meetings
  • Will need DBS clearance for working in school, youth and community contexts

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Karl Kitching: [email protected] 

Closing date: 12th June 2022        Reference: 99675

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233. Please quote Job Ref 99675 in all enquiries.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment 

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

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