skip to primary navigation skip to content
 

Job Opportunities

  • Research Associate (Fixed Term)

  • PhD Studentship: Social and communicative development in young children (Fixed Term)

  • Director, Cambridge School Classics Project (Fixed Term)

  • Research Assistants (two posts) (Fixed Term, Part-time) 


PhD Studentship: Social and communicative development in young children (Fixed Term)

We invite outstanding applications for a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship, supported by the LEGO Foundation and the University of Cambridge, commencing in October 2017. The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Jenny Gibson. The successful student will join our team at the research centre for Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDaL). Jenny's team is currently working on a number of projects including;

The CHIRPP study (Children's Relationships with Peers through Play): a 3 year longitudinal study investigating the links between early peer interactions in playful contexts, theory of mind, emotional competence and language/communication development.

The Hopscotch study (Hi-tech Observation of Playground Social Communication Trajectories in Children): A cross-sectional study using GPS methods and Social Network Analysis to understanding peer relationships in naturalistic play contexts.

Secondary data analysis from MCS and ALSPAC cohorts investigating social and educational outcomes for children with early language delays (in collaboration with Dr. Michelle St. Clair and Dr. Umar Toseeb).

Peer Object interaction with Tangibles (in collaboration with Dr. Will Farr): This is an exploratory study comparing the play behaviour of children with Autism and typically developing children with digitised and non-digitised construction toys.

Funds will cover fees and an annual living stipend.

The Psychology and Education group sits within the Faculty of Education, where we host a state-of-the-art Observation Lab and a database of research participants, as well as testing equipment to support the applicant's research, including video observation hardware and software.

Applying: Applicants should have the equivalent of a very good undergraduate degree as well as a Masters degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Education, Speech and Language Therapy, or a closely related subject. A distinction at MSc level is desirable but not required. The successful applicant will have some experience or understanding of conducting research on cognition and language in typically-developing children. A keen interest in working with children/young people, and excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Due to the nature of the research in our group, strong competence in quantitative methods is also essential. Students should meet University requirements for English. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Jenny Gibson (jlg53@cam.ac.uk).

Potential students are asked to submit a brief (maximum 2,000 words inc. references) research proposal outlining their key research ideas in the area of childhood social and communication development, with reference to the academic literature and also outlining to how these ideas may fit with the current research in the group. Applicants should also give an indication of the research design considerations that may be relevant. Applicants wishing to focus on the social development of children with developmental language impairments are particularly encouraged to apply.

In order to apply, please send your CV, academic transcripts, and a cover letter outlining your research interests to Emma Rixon (er206@cam.ac.uk). Please also arrange for two academic letters of reference to be emailed directly to Emma before the closing date. We will only be able to consider complete applications. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the closing date of 30th April 2017 at midnight.

We expect to hold interviews in the second week of May (9th or 10th).

Please quote reference JR11776 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 30 April 2017


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £29,301-£38,183 p.a.

The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre within the Faculty of Education in central Cambridge wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on a research project on education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The purpose of this study is map research on education in Sub-Saharan Africa from African-based universities and research institutions based on agreed themes, and where feasible and relevant, map research on education in Sub-Saharan Africa by non- Sub-Saharan African institutions. Based on this, the postholder will provide an analysis of the scope of research in the region, and identify gaps for potential future research. The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Pauline Rose.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject area; have excellent skills in research in particular analysis of literature; an ability to critically review reports and other documents, and to prepare drafts of reports emerging from this analysis to a high standard. A broad-based understanding of education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and an ability to read French are also desirable.

For full details of responsibilities of the post, and the person specification please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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/13304. 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 8 May 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Pauline Rose (pmr43@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR11808 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 30 April 2017


Director, Cambridge School Classics Project (Fixed Term)

Salary: £52,793-£55,998 p.a.

The Faculty of Education seeks to appoint a Director of the Cambridge Schools Classics Project. The post focuses on the strategic management of the project and the postholder is responsible for its academic and commercial success. The successful candidate will have experience of teaching Classics in UK secondary schools and will have up to date knowledge of classics education policy and practice in the UK. He/she will also have experience of strategic and operational planning including financial management. He/she will be able to establish positive relationships with a range of stakeholders both within and external to the University of Cambridge.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Please refer to the Further Particulars for full details of the post and the criteria for appointment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/13400. 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 on Friday 19 May 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Geoff Hayward (gfh22@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR11895 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 07 May 2017


Research Assistant x 2 (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,298-£29,301 p.a. pro rata

The Faculty of Education seeks to appoint two research assistants (at 20% FTE, or one day a week, each) to work on a collaborative evaluation of a school-based intervention, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. The evaluation is run as a randomised controlled trial, in approximately 100 schools.

The aim of the trial is to assess the effectiveness of a whole school intervention that aims to better deploy teaching assistants (TAs) and improve pupil outcomes through: (i) higher quality TA-pupil interactions; (ii) improved classroom management and lesson planning; and (iii) allowing classroom teachers to work more with lower-achieving pupils.

The postholders will become part of a larger evaluation team and will work with Dr Sonia Ilie and Professor Anna Vignoles at the Faculty of Education, as well as with a team at RAND Europe.

The postholders will work mainly, but not exclusively, on the process evaluation, and will carry out observations of training sessions with teachers and teaching assistants, and contribute to the delivery and analysis of a short on-line survey for school staff in participating schools at two points in time over the course of the contract. Additionally, the postholders will undertake interviews with teachers and teaching assistants and help analyse and write-up results from these interviews.

We are looking for two motivated individuals, preferably with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative research in education and with an interest in evaluation and randomised controlled trials, or in teacher assistants' practices and deployment. Opportunities to develop new research skills will be available through attendance at training courses, and through collaboration with the research team.

Please refer to the further particulars for full details of the responsibilities of the posts and the person specification.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 29 June 2018 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/13539. 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 in the third week of May 2017.

!f you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Sonia Ilie by email isi22@cam.ac.uk

Closing date: 09 May 2017


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.