Research Assistant (Questionnaire Content), ISER

University of Essex

United Kingdom

August 14, 2022


Job title

Research Assistant (Questionnaire Content), ISER

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£27,116 - £30,497 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)

Employment type

Fixed-term, Full-time (Part-time considered)

Job category/type

Professional, Research



Job description


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).

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see: https: // www. faith

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (

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Founded in the year 1964, the University of Essex is one of the leading universities located in England, the U.K. same year, 122 students enrolled themselves at the university, which grew up to nearly 1,00,000 during the subsequent 50 years....