Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

December 19, 2021


Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a part-time Research Assistant (0.27 FTE), to work in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL). The project is led in Cambridge by Professor Paul Ramchandani. The project seeks to investigate the place of play in hospitals with the aim of developing a programme of training with paediatric hospital settings. This includes a range of research approaches including interviews with children, families and staff and the development of training.

The post-holder will assist across the small play and health research team, contributing to all phases of the research as needed. This may include data collection and coding, the preparation of academic publications and the production of resources for practitioners. The successful candidate will also support our stakeholder engagement activities and the organisation of meetings. Experience of working in hospital play settings and engaging with hospital staff is therefore desirable.

Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Education or a related discipline. They will have experience in direct work with children and families, ideally in a hospital setting and experience of working with health professionals in a UK setting. They will have also have experience of managing and organising data sets, with excellent attention to detail. They will also have excellent written and oral communication skills. The postholder will be highly organised and competent in use of technology, including audio and video equipment.

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 10 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's barred list).

Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates from a BAME background, who are currently under-represented in the Faculty.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani (

The closing date for applications is 19 December 2021.

We hope to hold interviews week commencing 10 January 2022.

Please quote reference JR29274 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Faculty of Education


    £27,116-£31,406 pro rata






    1 December 2021

    Closing date

    19 December 2021