Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Please note that this vacancy will close early due to sufficient applications being received

Research Assistant 

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual for a position at Cardiff University Centre of Human Developmental Science (CUCHDS). The successful candidate will join a collaborative research team to contribute to research software development within child psychology environment, carrying out supporting work that will help lead to publishing of research in high-quality journals.

The candidate must be a highly skilled full stack website developer, capable of developing a web application. Applications are invited from candidates that have knowledge to maintain and extend upon an existing website built using the Yii and Msygl framework.

This is a part-time position (28 hours per week), fixed-term for 6 months and available immediately.  Consideration will be given to applicants offering an alternative work pattern.

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Stephanie Van Goozen ( ).

Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)
Date advert posted: Thursday, 18 June 2020

Closing Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function

To contribute to research software development within child psychology environment, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. The candidate must be a highly skilled full-stack website developer, capable of developing a web application. The candidate will also be expected to maintain and extend upon an existing website built using the Yii and Mysql framework. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 


  • To undertake research and software development, e.g. by planning, preparing, designing, writing and testing software for children’s development and mental health .
  • Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting findings at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners
  • To contribute to research publications and presentations as required
  • To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages
  • To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To generate research and administrative software and contribute to the development of  independent  and original ideas as appropriate
  • To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to junior members of staff within the research team
  • To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • A degree in computer science
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    2.    Candidates should already have a strong understanding and at least one year of experience with the Yii 1.1 framework,
    At least two years’ experience in website development both front and back end, as well as database development.
    A good understanding of design patterns used to handle the translation of multilingual applications. Candidates should          also be familiar with Linux and the Unix console.

    Communication and Team Working

    3.    Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences

    4.   Excellent organisational and team-working skills


    5.   Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

    Desirable Criteria
  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant professional qualification(s).
  • Evidence of collaborations with industry.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  •  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

  • Additional Information

    As this is only a 6-month position, candidates are expected to be able to start with little or no training given on any of the skills required.

    Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.
    If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

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