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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £30,175-£38,183 p.a.

The Education Reform and Innovation (ERI) Team in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Associate to work on the first phase of a project with the China Center for Strategic Studies at Peking University to develop an Early Years Centre at Peking University.

The aim of the first phase of the project is to establish a firm understanding of the overall scope and breadth of the project. The postholder is expected to be fully engaged with this aim from the start and to support the team in building this knowledge. In particular, the postholder will be responsible for joining the orientation workshops and using these opportunities to begin the baseline data research. Working closely with other people on the ERI team, the postholder will be involved in creating the research instruments, conducting the research and writing the report that will feed into the proposal for the second phase of the project. The postholder is expected to carry out all tasks necessary to ensure the project runs smoothly and to all deadlines. They are also expected to engage in general aspects of managing the project alongside the ERI team project managers. This will include helping with all aspects of project management, research management, and communication with colleagues in China and elsewhere. The postholder will also support the ERI team with other projects in China, including some cross-project work. While the role will conclude in the first instance when funding for phase one ceases at the end of 2017, the aim of both ERI and Peking University upon successful completion of the first phase is to progress to a three year partnership to develop and implement the Early Years Centre.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject, be fluent in Mandarin both written and spoken and have some research experience with sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. They will continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development, and show evidence of strong knowledge of mixed research methods and of drafting reports and contributing to writing for academic publication to a high standard. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with a range of professionals across diverse settings as well as the capacity to manage own workload and work independently to tight deadlines within guidelines provided are also essential.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post please see the Further Particulars for the post.

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: 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 week commencing 21 August 2017.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Simon Brownhill (

Closing date: 11 August 2017

Please quote reference JR12803 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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