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Research Fellow (Survey Methodology)

About the role

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL wishes to appoint a quantitative researcher as a Research Fellow to provide research input to the ESRC-funded project “Survey Data Collection Methods Collaboration: Securing the Future of Social Surveys”, to be known as Survey Futures.

Survey Futures is a collaboration between nine universities and three survey organisations, in partnership with the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Its objective is to deliver a step-change in survey research to ensure that it will remain possible in the UK to carry out high-quality social surveys of the kinds required by the public and academic sectors. The Director of the collaboration is Professor Peter Lynn (ISER, University of Essex) and the Deputy Director is Dr. Olga Maslovskaya (University of Southampton).

You will contribute to outputs including publications in peer-reviewed journals and to dissemination via national and international conferences and other relevant events.

The role will involve close collaboration with other CLS researchers and those from other institutions involved in the Survey Futures collaboration.

The post is funded from 1 September 2024 to 29 February 2026 in the first instance and will provide a fantastic opportunity for early career training.

About you

You will hold a Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in quantitative social sciences

You will have an understanding and knowledge of Survey Methodology and experience of undertaking advanced quantitative analysis using large scale complex survey data.

A PhD in Survey Methodology or Survey Research is desirable.

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.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • Deliver high quality research in the area of survey data collection methods. You will analyse data from various surveys including the CLS cohort studies to address the research objectives of the ‘video-interviewing’ and ‘complex measurement in self-completion surveys’ research strands of the ‘Survey Futures’ collaboration.
  • Disseminate findings by taking the lead in preparing good practice guides and publications for journals, presenting results at conferences, and/or exhibiting work at other appropriate events.
  • Collaborate/work on research tasks with colleagues in other institutions which are part of the collaboration.
  • Carry out administrative tasks associated with the specified research funding, for example, organisation of project meetings and documentation.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships within CLS and work proactively with colleagues in other institutions which are part of the collaboration.
  • Engage in additional methodological training as required.

Further details

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Matt Brown at

A job description and person specification can be accessed here. To apply for the vacancy please click here. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2024.

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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.

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Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

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London WC1H 0AL


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