Research Assistant (Questionnaire Content), ISER
Application closing date
£27,116 - £30,497 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)
Fixed-term, Full-time (Part-time considered)
The Institute for Social and Economic Research wishes to appoint a Research
Assistant to assist with the core survey tasks in developing the
Understanding Society : UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS).
Duties of the role
The post holder will be involved in research to improve the design of
Understanding Society's questionnaires and fieldwork operations. You will
provide assistance and support to researchers working on the project,
including conducting reviews of other surveys and scientific literature,
assisting with testing of computerised questionnaire scripts and assisting
with writing papers using the study's data. This assistance could include
basic data analysis using standard statistical software such as STATA or R.
A full list of duties and responsibilities of the role can be found within
the job pack.
Qualifications and skills required
This post is open to applicants from any disciplinary background, but you
should hold a Masters degree (or be close to completion of your studies at
this level or have equivalent research experience) in social science research
methods methodology or related quantitative social science, coupled with an
undergraduate degree in quantitative social science.
Applicants should have interests in survey methods, developing innovative
questionnaire design, and the improvement of survey quality, with the
capability to learn new methods and produce concise reports. You should also
have a proven ability to carry out complex work requiring attention to detail,
to produce high quality work within deadlines and to communicate with multiple
stakeholders to determine and carry out project goals.
This is a fixed-term post for two years in the first instance. Whilst it is a
full-time post, we would also welcome part-time applications at 0.8 FTE (28.8
hours per week).
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and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the
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