Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

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Research Assistant

Institution: Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences

Job Reference Number: 5588BR

Start date: Available now

Duration: This is a full time post of 35 hours a week and is available now, fixed term to the 30th November 2017.

Supervisor: Professor Chris Taylor

Closing date: Sunday, 29 January 2017

Salary: £26,052 - £30,175 per annum (Grade 5)


Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is looking to recruit a Research Assistant to work within the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) that is based within the School. The successful candidate will undertake quantitative data analysis in the fields of education and civil society, carry out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


To work with WISERDEducation on a programme of quantitative data analysis on a wide variety of educational issues, such as attitudes to schooling, the role of families and grandparenting, children's aspirations and expectations and educational inequalities.
To conduct analyses of existing complex survey datasets, including the WISERDEducation Cohort Study (WECS), the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Understanding Society.
To contribute to the interpretation of results, research publications and presentations as required.
To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate statistical methods and software packages.
Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners.
To provide support to WISERD's training and capacity building programme.
To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate.
To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.


To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
To participate in Institute administration and activities to promote the Institute and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.
Person Specification Essential Criteria

Recent submission or near completion of a PhD, or equivalent experience, using quantitative data and methods.
Knowledge of statistical methods and techniques within the field of education.
Proven experience of using and managing survey data.
Proven ability to analyse complex datasets and summarise appropriately.
Proven ability in reporting findings from research.
Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences.
Excellent organisational and team-working skills.
Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work.

Desirable Criteria

Relevant professional qualification(s).
Evidence of collaborations with external partners (e.g. Government, third sector or industry).
Proven ability to work without close supervision.
Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.


The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable. Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria. Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them. This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it. When uploading the supporting statement the document title needs to read "supporting statement [and should also detail the post reference number ending in BR]" (relevant to the job you are applying for).

The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

All short-listing decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate.

We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

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