Research Fellow, WISERD

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Fellow, WISERD

The WISERD Education Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS) has been collecting longitudinal data since 2013 through following the progress of four cohorts of children and young people as they progress through schools in Wales. You will be part of an interdisciplinary research team, collectively working to support the WMCS, which will involve working closely with schools, teachers and children. This will involve data collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

The post will be based within WISERD (at Cardiff University) and will be line managed by Prof Sally Power in association with Prof Chris Taylor and alongside other researchers.

Salary: £42,792 - £49,553 per annum (Grade 7)

This post is full time (35 hours per week), available from 1st September 2020 and is fixed term until 31st July 2022.

For the 2 vacant posts in WISERD (Research Associate grade 6 and Research Fellow grade 7),  it is a requirement of the funder that one of the successful postholders be a fluent Welsh speaker.  Due to the funding timeline, these posts are being advertised concurrently. The decision as to which role will appoint the Welsh speaker will be made in line with the University recruitment guidelines and alignment to the person specification and not on language skills alone.

Date advert posted: Friday, 21 August 2020

Closing date: Monday, 21 September 2020

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

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.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.
  • Established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant professional experience relating to students and young people.
  • Significant experience in questionnaire design and development.
  • Experience of undertaking social research in the Welsh context.
  • Growing national and international reputation within your academic field.
  • Proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national and international journals.
  • Proven ability in securing competitive research funding along with a strong portfolio of research grants or contracts.
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a research team.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.
  • Desirable Criteria

    • Evidence of collaborations with non-academic organisations.
    • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
    • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
    • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of WISERD.
    • A fluent Welsh speaker.

    The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable.  Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria.  Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

    Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them.  This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it. 

    When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you put your name and the  vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for NAME 9868BR.’

    The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

    All short-listing decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate. 

    We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

    Additional Information

    WISERD is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales. Its aims are: to build upon and develop existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies; to develop and integrate a coherent set of research data relating to Wales; to build networks of researchers and research capacity across Wales in the economic and social sciences, as well as contributing to UK wide research capacity building; to explore the relationships between research data, research methods and the development and understanding of policy; to develop a sustainable increase in the quantitative research base across the social sciences in Wales through academic appointments and training; to increase collaborative interdisciplinary research grant applications and interaction with policy makers and the private sector through consultancy.

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