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University Lecturer

Salary: £38,896-£49,230 p.a.

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge is seeking to appoint an innovative, research-active lecturer in Education to join this leading international centre of educational research and teaching. The Faculty is committed to the highest standards of research and teaching and is a significant contributor to the improvement of educational policy and practice in partnership with schools and other educational agencies both in the UK and internationally.

The successful candidate will work closely with the team of colleagues working on educational policy and leadership and is expected to have a strong grounding in research methods. He / she will be expected to make an immediate contribution to the Faculty's teaching and research and to strengthen the international profile of research within the Faculty. The teaching will involve the teaching and supervision of full- and part-time Masters students as well as the supervision of PhD and EdD students.

Applicants should have a doctorate (or equivalent qualification), a record of internationally excellent research, and relevant experience of working with postgraduate students. Contributions to excellence in research will be judged through peer-reviewed publications and other activities of a kind and quality that meet international standards as assessed in national research assessment exercises.

This post is available from 1 April 2016. It is a permanent established post.

For full details of the post and criteria for appointment, please see the further particulars.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9281  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 may be made to Professor Geoff Hayward, gfh22@cam.ac.uk

We hope to hold interviews in the second half of March 2016.

Please quote reference JR08138 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 21 February 2016


Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,023-£28,982 p.a. pro rata

The Faculty of Education seeks to appoint a Research Assistant (0.4 fte) to work with Dr Marisol Basilio at the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Centre on an exciting ESRC funded project entitled 'Early Learning Abilities Promoting Success in Education' (Future Research Leaders grant). The aims of this project are to examine the early antecedents of school success (both in terms if academic achievement and socio-emotional wellbeing), and to inform the establishment of a new longitudinal study examining the role of play in the development of learning skills in early childhood.

We are looking for an independent, organised, and highly motivated individual with an interest in child development to assist in conducting two systematic literature reviews (on early measures of play and self-regulation). The successful candidates will have knowledge of research methods in psychology and behavioural sciences and a strong interest in child development.

You will be responsible for systematically searching, collecting, screening, and coding research papers on measures of play and playfulness and self-regulation in early childhood, and preparing data for quantitative analyses, and you will also assist in creating content and maintaining a website to share results of the systematic literature reviews as a tool to the research community.

In collaboration with Dr Basilio you will contribute in the writing up of results for publication in leading academic journals and also in the form of a Feasibility Report to inform the establishment of a new longitudinal study at the PEDAL Centre.

A good undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology, cognitive and behavioural sciences, education, or a cognate discipline is essential. Interests and expertise in systematic literature reviews, behavioural methods, and previous experience in quantitative data analysis would be highly advantageous. The post holder must have prior experience working with the reference manager Zotero (preferred) or similar, along with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 8 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/9314   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 should be made to Dr Marisol Basilio, mb773@cam.ac.uk

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

Closing date: 17 February 2016


Research Assistant (PEDAL project) (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,023-£28,982 p.a. pro rata

The Faculty of Education seeks to appoint a Research Assistant (0.8 fte) to work with Dr Marisol Basilio and Dr David Whitebread at the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Centre on an exciting project entitled 'The Development of Early Playfulness'. We seek to devise reliable ways to study playful behaviour in infants and toddlers, to understand the characteristics of early playfulness in human development in the context of social interactions and its relationship with cognitive and socio-emotional development.

For this purpose, we will analyse existing video data of parent-child playful interaction from an on-going longitudinal study (New FAMS Study at the Centre for Family Research) and also pilot innovative measures of early playfulness in a small-scale sample.

We are looking for an independent, creative and highly motivated individual with experience in working with young children, behavioural coding, quantitative research methods, and a strong interest in child development. You will be based in the PEDAL Centre (under the 'How does play develop?' strand) but will also engage with other members of the Faculty of Education, and the Centre for Family Research (particularly, the Social and Cognitive Development Group headed by Prof Claire Hughes).

You will assist with the day-to-day management of the project, including coding existing video data of parent-child interaction, preparing, and analysing quantitative data derived from this coding, as well as managing a pilot study with a small sample of children. Duties will include obtaining ethical clearance, recruitment, making independent decisions about the selection and use of behavioural tasks, coding, data preparation, and analyses and reports using descriptive and hypothesis testing techniques.

In collaboration with Dr Basilio and Dr Whitebread you will conduct literature reviews and help interpret and write up results for reports and for publication in leading academic journals. You will also present information on project progress and research findings at academic conferences and knowledge exchange events, and will assist with the organisation of events held under the auspices of the PEDAL Centre. You will play a central role in project communications and will be responsible for updating and maintaining the project website. These duties will involve liaising with academic and non-academic colleagues through established networks.

A good undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology, cognitive and behavioural sciences, education, or a cognate discipline is essential. You should have a good knowledge of behavioural coding and quantitative methods, and a willingness to acquire and/or enhance skills in longitudinal analysis is essential.

For full details of the post and person specification, please see the further particulars.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:  http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9313    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 should be made to Dr Marisol Basilio, mb773@cam.ac.uk

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

Closing date: 17 February 2016


Research Project Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £21,605-£25,023 p.a. ro rata

We are seeking some secretarial and research-related administrative assistance for one day a week (ideally split across two different days) to support our ESRC-funded research project entitled ''Classroom dialogue: Does it really make a difference for student learning?". The aim is to establish whether a highly interactive, 'dialogic' approach to teaching helps to improve the quality of primary school children's subject learning. Video recordings and other observation data are being gathered in the Year 6 classrooms of about 80 teachers.

This post is a varied role that requires a wide range of skills and a very flexible approach to work; demands and priorities can change rapidly in a research environment. You will work with the three investigators and two research associates on the project. Responsibilities include processing and archiving research data; maintaining the project website; liaising with schools and maintaining a contacts database; arranging and checking transcriptions; preparing documentation, reports and publicity materials; formatting academic reports and journal articles, etc. Experience of working on research projects may be useful.

For full details of the post and person specification, please see the further particulars.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2017 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9455/ 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 Christine Howe (cjh82@cam.ac.uk),
Principal Investigator on the project, or to Sara Hennessy, Co-Investigator (sch30@cam.ac.uk).

We hope to hold interviews on 8 March 2016.

Please quote reference JR08303 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 25 February 2016


University Lecturer in Education and International Development

Salary: £38,896-£49,230 p.a.

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge is seeking to appoint an innovative, research-active lecturer in Education to join this leading international centre of educational research and teaching. The Faculty is committed to the highest standards of research and teaching and is a significant contributor to the improvement of educational policy and practice in partnership with schools and other educational agencies both in the UK and internationally.

The successful candidate will work closely with the team of colleagues working in the field of education and international development and is expected to have a strong grounding in research methods. We particularly welcome applicants from a range of different social science-related disciplinary perspectives with experience of research in international development settings. He / she will be expected to make an immediate contribution to the Faculty's research to strengthen the international profile of research within the Faculty. The post will involve the teaching and supervision of Undergraduate and Masters students as well as the supervision of PhD students.

Applicants should have a doctorate (or equivalent qualification), a record of internationally excellent research, and relevant experience of working with undergraduate and postgraduate students. Contributions to excellence in research will be judged through peer-reviewed publications and other activities of a kind and quality that meet international standards as assessed in national research assessment exercise.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9005. 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 should be directed to Professor Pauline Rose: pmr43@cam.ac.uk.

We hope to hold interviews in April 2016.

Please quote reference JR07888 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 13 March 2016


Courses Assistant (temporary part-time maternity cover)

Salary: £18,734-£21,605 p.a. pro rata

The Faculty of Education is looking for someone to work part-time (22 hours per week) in the Higher Degrees and PPD office providing support in all aspects of administration. You will undertake a wide variety of tasks from the initial point of enquiry through application, and admission to the final examination, including support to academic staff and students.

If you can demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, with a flexible and adaptable approach to work, strong organisational skills, and an eye for detail and accuracy, then we'd like to hear from you.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term until 27 April 2017 or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/9253/. 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 may be made to Freya Villis (fv221@cam.ac.uk)

We hope to hold interviews on 18 March 2016.

Please quote reference JR08109 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 28 February 2016



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