21 Oct

Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at Cardiff University Cardiff

Research Assistant
Cardiff University
Cardiff WLS
21 Oct, 2019 24 days ago

Cardiff University Cardiff urgently required following position for Research Assistant. Please read this job advertisement carefully before apply. There are some qualifications, experience and skills requirement that the employers require. Does your career history fit these requirements? Ensure you understand the role you are applying for and that it is suited to your skills and qualifications.

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Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at Cardiff University Cardiff Jobs Details:

Research Assistant

We are seeking an enthusiastic and well-organised individual for the role of Research Assistant to assist with a longitudinal study of adoptive family life (the Wales Adoption Cohort Study). The position will include (but is not limited to) assisting in preparation of study materials, data collection, data entry and elements of data analysis. Training and support will be available from the research team and the University staff development programme. The assistant will also be invited to School seminars and group meetings that span faculty, postgraduate and undergraduate students.
The successful candidate will hold a first degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology) or equivalent experience.

This is a part-time post (50% FTE) , fixed term until 31 March 2020 and available from 1st November 2019. Working pattern negotiable.

Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)

Date advert posted: Monday, 21 October 2019

Closing Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Job Description

To contribute to research within specialist area, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
  • To undertake questionnaire design, production and distribution to families.
  • Data entry and cleaning.
  • Data screening and analysis.
  • To contribute and support research publications and presentations as required.
  • To contribute and support research funding bids as required.
    To resolve issues and support colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting to the funder.
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate.
  • To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes.
  • To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
  • To abide by the University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education
  • A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques within developmental psychology.
  • Proven ability to enter, prepare and analyse complex information and summarise appropriately.
  • Proven ability to use SPSS.
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies.
Communication and Team Working
  • Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences.
  • Excellent organisational and team-working skills.
Desirable Criteria
  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.
  • Evidence of ability and willingness to communicate with participants in an effective manner.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.

Additional Information

Cardiff School of Psychology

We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel.

Many individuals in the School are leading figures in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology including one of the largest and best equipped neuroimaging research centres in Europe (see: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cardiff-university-brain-research-imaging-centre).

Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research.

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