Research Assistant, Data Manager (106325-0822) . Job Reference: 1887082

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 18, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£27,929 - £31,411 per annum, pro rata


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 60 months, 0.5 FTE. Job sharing for PhD students possible.

The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a part-time (0.5 FTE researcher) based at the Department of Psychology, as part of the research grant ‘PRETERM-LIFECOURSE' funded by UKRI Frontier Research Grants (ERC- Advanced Grant reviewed). The researcher will be working with Professor Dieter Wolke, the grant holder and his team. The appointment is for up to 60 months.

The successful candidate will be prepared to begin as soon as possible after 1 November 2022. All applications must be made online and accompanied by a CV and covering letter. References may be requested prior to shortlisting.

This post is a unique opportunity for someone with a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree interested in part-time working, returning to employment or Ph.D. students (job sharing will be considered). The post will be working within a research team and the contribution to publications enhancing the researchers' career.

Interview date: Early October.

Job Description


The researcher(s) will be responsible for managing and documenting data that are already collected, are collected in a new wave of data collection or will be accessed using other cohorts or registry data. These include psychological data but also new data concerned with medical conditions, genetic data and epigenetic data and the development of polygenetic scores. The researcher will be working together within the team, i.e. the Principal investigator, postdocs and PhD students and closely with researchers in Munich and Bonn collecting new data on psychological function and biomarkers including neuro-imaging, physiological markers, genetics and epigenetics. Furthermore, s/he will work closely with collaborators across Europe, New Zealand and Australia and their cohort data and to work closely with Scandinavian researchers regarding registry data. The researcher will receive, check, harmonise and document, manage and distribute data to various researchers. Central will be the outstanding documentation of previous and a new wave of the Bavarian Longitudinal study. The researcher will be involved in basic data analysis and will be able to acquire advanced data analysis skills to contribute to research publications.


1. To get familiar with already documented data of the 10 waves of the Bavarian Longitudinal study. This is necessary to search and extract data for existing and new collaborations for other research groups utilizing the data.

2. To document so far not fully documented data from previous phases of the Bavarian Longitudinal Study.

3. To maintain and develop the RECAP-preterm adult outcome data base (www.

4. To identify, document and develop harmonisation protocols of new data from other identified cohorts and registry data.

5. To monitor, check and document the new data collected in wave 11 of the Bavarian Longitudinal Study.

6. To provide basic and descriptive statistics on the data and contribute to publications if possible.

7. To help produce slides using powerpoint or similar presentations packages for reports or conference presentations by the team.

8. To contribute information or help in design of webpages.

9. To participate in regular data meetings within and across teams.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree in Data Science, Psychology, Statistics, Epidemiology, Mathematics or related fields using empirical data. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven knowledge of use of basic statistical methods and application in quantitative research. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

Use and familiarity with data archiving software or statistical packages such as R, STATA, SPSS, SAS, MPlus or similar. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Demonstrated ability of documenting data. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Evidence of having produced basic statistics. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 7

Good interpersonal skills. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Some knowledge of how to harmonise data from different datasets. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Some knowledge in German (reading writing) or ability to use Google translator effectively. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Ability to produce presentations. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Potential to work on webpages or update them. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Further information on Professor Wolke's research and projects can also be found on this link.

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We are committed to supporting all staff in reaching their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and underrepresented groups. Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award for gender equality advancement, while Warwick University holds a Silver Award. These awards and the Departmental policy on equality, diversity and inclusion represent our commitment to our diverse student population and to the advancement of all our staff.

We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. The Department offers flexible working arrangements and a commitment to schedule department events within “core hours only”. Warwick Psychology is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia. Candidates should have experience in, or be able to demonstrate a commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in culturally diverse work and educational environments.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

18 Sep 2022

About the employer

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...