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Research Associate

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Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work within The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) research centre that is located within the School.

The Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has invited WISERDEducation and Cardiff University to lead a collaborative project with five other universities in Wales (University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University and University of Wales Trinity St David). This post will support the two directors of the project, Professors Sally Power and Chris Taylor, in undertaking two key functions. First, to undertake research in maintained schools in Wales (primary and secondary) to explore the development of the new curriculum in Wales (Successful Futures) in the context of socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This will be mainly through undertaking interviews with teaching staff. And second, to support a small group of education researchers across the five other universities to develop, design and deliver a network of complementary research projects on the new curriculum in Wales. 
This post is fixed term, full time and available from 1 October 2017 until 28 February 2019.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6)

Responsible to Professor Sally Power.

You will also work closely with Professor Chris Taylor and alongside other researchers.

For informal enquiries contact Professor Sally Power Telephone 029 2087 4738

Date post advertised: Thursday, 7 September 2017
Closing date: Sunday, 24 September 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


  • To conduct research within education and curriculum reforms and contribute to the overall research performance of WISERD, the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To liaise and support other educational researchers in other universities in Wales.
  • To undertake fieldwork alone in schools.
  • To participate in WISERD and School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to WISERD and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in WISERD administration and activities to promote WISERD its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education

  1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
  • Curriculum reforms
  • Education policy
  • Education and socio-economic disadvantage 
  1. Proven experience in negotiating access to maintained primary and/or secondary schools.
  2. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field. 
  3. Proven ability to publish in national journals. 
  4. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.
Communication and Team Working
  1. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication. 
  2. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.
  1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work. 
  2. Clean UK driving licence, clean Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and ability to undertake fieldwork across Wales.
Desirable Criteria
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  •  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.  
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.  
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.



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