12 Jan

Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh

Position
Research Assistant
Company
University Edinburgh
Location
Edinburgh SCT
Opening
12 Jan, 2018 30+ days ago

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Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh Jobs Details:

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Research Assistant post in Design and Digital Media Learning and Teaching. The successful applicant will have experience in primary research methods, such as questionnaires and interviews as well as in analysis and interpretation of qualitative data.

You will have good communication skills, augmented by sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques. Evidence of research activity and published research is desirable.

The post is part time, being 0.185FTE or 6.475 hours per week of a full time equivalent post, fixed-term for 2 years.

This position is tenable from 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary Scale: Grade UE05, £22,214 - £25,728 per annum pro rata (please note that salary is expected to be at lower end of grade due to funding constraints)

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 26th January 2018.

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Assistant
School/Support Department: ESALA
Line manager: Denitsa Petrova

2. Job Purpose

The purpose of this position is to look into the attitudes towards collaborative work between students on the campus and on-line cohorts of the Masters programme in Digital Media Design, though a series of questionnaires and interviews, as well as analysis and interpretation of qualitative data. The successful applicant will be designing questionnaires and conducting interviews with campus and online distance students.

3. Main Responsibilities

(Approx. % of time)

• Design questionnaires and interviews for students on the campus programme – MSc Design in Digital Media. The process will be overseen by the Principal Investigator of the project. The questionaires will be set up via the the learning platform of the programme – Learn. (15%)

• Design questionnaires and interviews for students on the online distance learning programme - MSc Digital Media Design. The process will be overseed by the Principal Investigator of the project. The questionaires will be set up via the the learning platform of the programme – Learn. (15%)

• Organise and conduct series of interviews and data gathering sessions with campus students from the MSc Digital Media Design programme. This will be done using using our online learning platform Learn. The successful applicant will post the questions there and distribute them via email to the student cohort. Aditionally, online video interviews will be conducted. (15%)

• Analyse and interpret data from the questionnaires and interviews from the campus and Online Distance Learning cohorts. The analysis will be carried out by using methods and approaches for qualitative data analysys, agreed with the Principle Investigator of the project. (25%)

• Participate in the preparation of written reports focusing on the investigation of attitudes towards collaborative work between the campus and Online Distance Learning cohorts. This will involve writing short reports based on the quailitative data analysis. (15%)

• Participate in the internal deparment workshops presenting ongoing results from the investigation. The intended audience of the workshops are colleagues within the Digtial Media Design programme. The presentations will be together with other members of the project team. (5%)

• Maintain the project website by using Wordpress. This will involve posting updates on the project status. (5%)

• Attend project meetings. (5%)

4. Planning and Organising

This position requires a degree of independent planning and organising of the interview sessions with the students, under the supervision of the project leader/line manager. Organising and setting up online questionnaires with campus and ODL students is essential for this post. More specifically, the post requires planning and conducing the data gathering sessions; maintaining accurate records of sessions conducted and planning of follow up sessions; summarising and analysis of data; preparing and updating project website materials; attending project meetings and preparing progress reports.

5. Problem Solving

The successful candidate should be able to deal with problems calmly and efficiently in a neutral and professional manner. Very good listening skills are required in order to conduct sufficient interviews. Ability to help identify and describe and creatively overcome potential pitfalls in the data gathering process is essential.

6. Decision Making

This position requires a degree of independent decision making skills, such as ability to analyse and interpret the results of the research and generate original ideas based on the data gathered. Creative and independent thinking is required in order to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes. Contributing to collaborative decision making with the team members is desirable.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

The main point of contact will be the Principal investigator of the project, also a Line Manager.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential

• Possess working knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques
• Vocational qualifications (N/SVQ 3, ONC or equivalent) plus typically at least 2 years’ work experience in a relevant role
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with team members and students
• Effective management of own time including prioritization of tasks within agreed work schedule
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Research, collate, organise and edit material for inclusion in reports
• Circulate information/findings appropriately
• Plan own work activities to ensure effective service delivery, resolving conflicting timescales and priorities independently.

Desirable

• Evidence of research activity and published research
• Collection of research data from a variety of sources
• Performing more detailed analysis and manipulation of data or calculations, highlighting and prioritising any issues for further investigation and preparing reports to support decision making

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website and by submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 26th January 2018.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the Home Office and Visa Services advertising, salary and/ or qualification level criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme:

For employees on University Grades 1-5 or equivalent there are two pension schemes available: University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

This role is grade UE05 and therefore the post holder will automatically become a member of the NEST scheme if their monthly earnings are deemed to be ‘qualifying earnings’ (equivalent to the HMRC monthly threshold above which their earnings are taxable). If the post holder’s earnings are not deemed as “qualifying earnings” and therefore will not automatically become a member they can opt in to the NEST scheme.

The post holder can choose to join SBS and by doing so they will not become a member of the NEST scheme.

Further information on the different employer/employee contribution levels required for each scheme and different levels of benefits that the post holder may receive may be found at on our Pensions website

Salary

The role is grade UE05 and attracts an annual salary of £22,214 to £25,728 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

The Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA ( http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/edinburgh-college-art/architecture-landscape-architecture )) is guided by values of creativity, experimentation, scholarly rigour and ethical responsibility.

Architecture
Architecture is a field of inquiry dedicated to the art of building in its broadest sense. This encompasses the design of buildings, the spaces between them, as well as wider natural and urban environments.
Our definition of Architecture implies a wide range of conditions: from the most intimate spaces of a dwelling, to complex public infrastructures and open spaces, to the heterogenous fabric of a city and wider territorial conditions.

Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architects design spaces and places. Spaces range from the urban square and the city park to the regional landscape. Between these scales lie business parks, land reclamation and urban regeneration, forestry, public realm, streetscapes and urban design.

Professional network
We have strong and vibrant alliances with the architectural and landscape professions and other community, cultural and business groupings in Scotland, and clearly articulated links with relevant schools and institutions internationally.
We engage in policy debates nationally and internationally both within teaching and through research activities.

The Deparment of Architecture & Landscape Architectur holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art is a large and diverse school within the University of Edinburgh's College of Humanities and Social Science. It is comprised of the Schools of Art, Design, History of Art, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Reid School of Music.

Our mission is to promote world-leading critical enquiry across all these subject areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice.

Almost 3,000 students and 300 staff study and work at ECA and we enjoy strong relationships with museums, galleries, archives, practitioners and industry partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Edinburgh College of Art is committed to equal and fair treatment of all its employees and in recognition of the positive promotion of diversity and gender equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the Edinburgh College of Art a Bronze Award in 2017.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ( http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci )

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

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