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  • PhD Studentship with the REAL Centre (fixed-term)

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Research Associate (fixed-term)

Salary: £31,604-£38,833 p.a.

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Associate, starting in January 2018, to work on an international project "Responsive Models for Early Childhood Care and Education in India" funded by the British Academy Early Childhood Development Scheme.

The aim of the project is to generate contextually-responsive models of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for disadvantaged communities in India. The research involves analysing the social and cultural practices of ECCE in both family/community settings and in ECCE institutional environments. The research is located in the two Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The project is particularly interested in the interactions between economic, political, cultural and psycho-social factors in models of early childhood development. The multi-disciplinary team, comprising of sociologists, economists, and psychologists, will be working together to synthesise both ethnographic qualitative data as well as quantitative analysis of financial costs for contextually-responsive ECCE.

The postholder will make key contributions to the qualitative components of the project, bringing to the team their expertise in Childhood Studies. (S)he will be responsible for supporting holistically the research needs of the project, from literature review, political economy analysis of ECCE in the two states, analysis of secondary and primary data, preparation of presentations, drafting of blogs, policy briefs and academic papers. The postholder is expected to work collaboratively with the international research partners and undertake trips to India for research purposes, including to support the design and piloting of research instruments, site visits, and country engagement meetings with research partners and key policy stakeholders. (S)he will also liaise with team members responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses and is expected to lead specific research outputs under the direction of Dr Arathi Sriprakash.

The postholder will also engage with the project management to ensure the timely production of outputs, keeping track of delivery towards these outputs, and contributing to quarterly and annual reporting.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Education, Psychology or related discipline with knowledge of debates and literature in childhood studies; evidence of strong interest in and understanding of the research topic; experience in qualitative data analysis, with a strong understanding of ethnographic methodologies, and ability to work with mixed research methods; evidence of drafting reports and contributing to writing for academic publication to a high standard; the ability to write blogs and policy briefs and prepare Powerpoint presentations for wider audiences; good organisational and interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with a range of professionals across diverse settings, including evidence of project management and/or event management; and, the capacity to manage own their workload and work independently to tight deadlines within guidelines provided.

For full details of the post and the person criteria, please see the Further Particulars.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 17 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15221. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

We hope to hold interviews during the week commencing 20 November 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Arathi Sriprakash (as621@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR13529 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 06 November 2017


PhD Studentship with the REAL Centre (Fixed Term)

The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, in collaboration with the ASER Centre and the Pratham Education Foundation in India are pleased to announce a PhD studentship opportunity at the University of Cambridge. The PhD studentship will be funded by ESRC-DFID through a successful grant awarded to the research team led by Dr Ricardo Sabates for the project "Can schools' accountability for learning be strengthened from the grassroots?". Additional funding to cover the full costs of the studentship will be provided by the Faculty of Education.

Project Summary:
One of the key elements for an accountability system to raise all children's learning is the coherence of its objectives. A school's primary responsibility should be to the children living in the local community, but this direct community-school relationship is often overshadowed by the more indirect, "long route", in which schools are first accountable to governments, who are then accountable to communities. The fundamental accountability relationship, between communities and schools, is thus often dependent upon policymakers' effectiveness in clarifying schools' priorities and providing them with the support and incentives to achieve them. Our research project aims to understand whether, and how, school accountability for learning can be improved from the grassroots. In order to address this objective, we use the case of a community-based intervention in rural India, which aims to engage with local school actors (teachers, headteachers, administrators and school management committees) and provide them with knowledge and resources to implement activities in line with the goal of improving children's foundational learning in the classroom. The research designed is sequential mixed methods and the research will take three years to complete.

The successful candidate will work with the research team, whilst independently investigating complementary research question(s) to the project, and will engage fully with the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Cambridge. The studentship must start on 24 April 2018, so that the doctoral training aligns with the research project.

How to make an application:
Candidates should apply via the University Graduate Admissions Portal (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applicant-portal) and must meet all the relevant criteria for a full-time PhD (please complete the GRADSAF form as outlined on the Graduate Admissions page).

You are requested to submit a 1,500-word research proposal which must be relevant to the research project both in terms of geographical area (India) and research topic (accountability). Please label your research proposal at the top "ESRC-DFID Accountability Studentship Research Proposal, reference JR13538", and name Dr Ricardo Sabates as potential supervisor so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 6 December 2017. The successful candidate will be notified by 14 February 2018, and must start the doctoral programme in Easter Term 2018, on 24 April 2018.

Note: All applicants for this studentship will need to apply to the University via the usual route as outlined above. If you are not successful, and you wish to be considered for our doctoral programme starting in Michaelmas 2018 term and to apply to other sources of funding, please ensure that you also tick the relevant boxes for funding in your application and select your preferences for Colleges. Please indicate in your Written Statement "I wish to be considered for the doctoral programme of the Faculty of Education even if I am not successful with this funding application".

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Ricardo Sabates (rs867@cam.ac.uk).

We expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Please quote reference JR13538 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 06 December 2017


Teaching Associate in Education and International Development (Temporary Cover)

Salary: £29,799 - £38,833 p.a.

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge seeks to appoint a Teaching Associate in Education and International Development.

The position is an unestablished teaching post and is available on a fixed term basis to 31 July 2019. The post has arisen due to a lecturer being awarded a research grant which includes providing cover for teaching.

Teaching duties will cover teaching, supervision and assessment at Masters and Undergraduate levels, and include normal administrative duties associated with teaching.

Candidates will hold a doctorate in a relevant field, for example in education, development studies, sociology or economics or in a related area in the social sciences and will have relevant experience of teaching in the field of education and international development. They will also demonstrate the ability to teach educational research and research methods related to policy issues, preferably in the context of developing countries. An ability to undertake teaching-related administration will also be required.

Please see the further particulars for full details of the duties of the post, and the criteria for appointment.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term until 31 July 2019.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15395. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Ricardo Sabates (rs867@cam.ac.uk).

We expect to hold interviews on 30 November 2017.

Please quote reference JR13687 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 20 November 2017


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