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Research Fellow (Surveys)

Ref number: B16-01043
Professional Expertise: Research and Research Support
Department: School of Education (B16)
Location: London
Working Pattern: Full time
Salary: £38,308- £46,155
Contract Type: Fixed-term
Working Type: Hybrid (20% – 80% on-site)
Available For Secondment: No
Closing Date: 10-Feb-2023

About us

About IOE IOE is UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. Founded in 1902, IOE has been shaping policy and helping government, organisations and individuals navigate a changing society for the last 120 years. We embrace collaboration and excellence to create a future that is inclusive and just, and have been ranked number one for education every year since 2014 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The Social Research Institute is one of the leading centres for social research in the UK.

It is home to seven internationally renowned research units:

  • Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Centre for Time Use Research
  • EPPI-Centre
  • Quantitative Social Science
  • Social Science Research Unit
  • Thomas Coram Research Unit

All of our centres are multidisciplinary, with staff drawn variously from economics, sociology, social policy, demography, psychology, anthropology and social statistics. We promote problem-solving interdisciplinary research on particular themes where we have outstanding scholarship and critical mass, e.g. gender, families, work, inequalities, migration, bio-social interactions. About the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) The Centre for Longitudinal Studies is an ESRC Resource Centre.

CLS has responsibility for and manages four of Britain’s internationally renowned cohort studies:

  • 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)
  • 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)
  • Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
  • Next Steps (formerly the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England)

The cohort studies follow individuals throughout their lives. They involve multiple surveys, together with other specialised forms of data collection (for example physical measurements and biological samples), and linkages to administrative records. The information collected is broad, covering areas as diverse as education, employment, and income, family and parenting, physical and mental health, and social attitudes. As well as conducting regular surveys of the cohorts, CLS delivers a strong interdisciplinary research programme, as well as programmes of research on survey methodology and statistical methods. Our academic staff specialise in applying advanced quantitative methods to the cohorts data to produce high quality research and inform policy in areas such as education, health, labour markets, child development, child and adult wellbeing, and ageing.

About the role

We are now looking for a Research Fellow (Surveys) to join our team. In this role you will be a member of the Survey Management team, working on the design, development and implementation of the four major longitudinal research studies housed in the Centre. Working closely with the researchers in the team, you will contribute to the overall design of the cohort studies and the development of data collection sweeps; take a lead role in the design and development of questionnaires and other data collection instruments and work closely with the appointed fieldwork agencies to ensure that all aspects of data collection projects are completed to the highest possible quality. You will also contribute to the research output of the department by writing working papers and contributing to journal articles linked to developments in survey methodology in the CLS cohorts and presenting these at national and international conferences. The role is available unit 31st March 2025 in the first instance.

About you

With an MSc or equivalent experience in a relevant social science discipline, you will also have experience of working on a large scale social survey and a good understanding of ethical issues in survey research. Your application form should address all the person specification points and should clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience meet each of the criteria. It is important that the criteria are clearly numbered and that you provide a response to each one.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

  • 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
  • Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
  • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • Immigration loan
  • Relocation scheme for certain posts
  • On-Site nursery
  • On-site gym
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
  • Discounted medical insurance

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Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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To Apply

Click on the link to apply: Research Fellow (Surveys)

Working at UCL

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

These appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL