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Cleaner (Part Time)

Salary: £14,959-£15,356 p.a., pro rata

The Faculty of Education is seeking to appoint a cleaner. The role is for 20 hours per week (4 hours per day). The hours of work will be from 06.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. from Monday to Friday.

The role includes routine cleaning of offices, classrooms, toilets, library, communal areas and other duties as and when required.

You will join an existing team of four cleaning staff, and will be active with a willing, flexible approach to your work.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/5404/  This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Patrick Boydell (pb502@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference JR04670 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 November 2014


PhD Studentships in Psychology and Education x 2 (Fixed Term)

We invite applications for two fully-funded PhD studentships, supported by the LEGO Foundation and the University of Cambridge, commencing in October 2015. The three-year PhD projects will focus on learning through play and the development of cognition in early childhood. The Faculty is currently establishing a Centre for Research in Play, Learning and Development in Early Childhood. Funds will cover University and College fees as well as an annual living stipend. In addition there is a research allowance for each project.Cleaner (Part Time)

The Psychology and Education group within the Faculty of Education hosts 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 and an eye-tracking booth. The Faculty also benefits from excellent connections with local schools.

Who should apply:
Applicants should have the equivalent of a very good undergraduate degree in Psychology or Education, and a Masters degree in a relevant field. The successful applicant will have some experience or understanding of conducting psychological research with children. A keen interest in working with young children, and excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Strong competence in research methods is also essential. All applicants should meet University requirements for English.

How to make an application:
All PhD applicants are required to submit a 1,500 word research proposal. If you are applying for one of the LEGO PhD studentships we ask you to submit a 1,500 word statement of your research interests instead of a full research proposal. This should include your previous experience and future aspirations, and an explanation of why you would like to undertake a PhD in the area of learning through play and the development of cognition in early childhood. Please label your statement at the top "LEGO studentship research statement" so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route (GRADSAF form as outlined on the Graduate Admissions page). If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box on the GRADSAF for Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust funding.

We expect to hold interviews in early January 2015.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Sara Baker (stb32@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference JR04649 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 2 December 2014


Research Assistant (two 0.4 fte posts)

Salary: £24,775 - £27,864 p.a. pro rata

INSTRUCT Research Group

Applications are invited for two part-time Research Assistants (0.4 fte) to work on participant recruitment, new data collection and database management with the INSTRUCT research group (http://sites.google.com/site/instructlab/).

You will work on an externally funded international project designed to look at the relationship between executive functions (e.g., impulse control, cognitive flexibility, working memory) and academic achievement in late primary school and early secondary school. The project (funded by the ESRC) looks specifically at how parenting might influence EF and school achievement and how this influence might differ across cultural contexts (via parallel data collection in the UK and in Hong Kong). You should have skills and experience appropriate for recruiting participants (including being confident, engaging, persistent and friendly), administering experimental tasks, as well as organizing and analysing databases. In particular, you should have excellent computer skills and interpersonal skills, as well as a working knowledge of data protection and security issues and the ability to work both collaboratively independently -- that is, strong organisational and problem solving skills coupled with excellent attention to detail and enthusiasm for working with older children and their families.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 29 May 2015 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/5530/ This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Michelle Ellefson (mre33@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR04781 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 4 December 2014


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