Research Assistant

Job Description

As Research Assistant for the project Sing and Learn: Teach and Lead, the postholder will have the opportunity to contribute to research that helps understand the impact of this project to support the needs of early years practitioners working with young children and their families.



Working closely with the Principal Investigator, this role will provide opportunities for development of key research skills, including observations; interviews; focus groups; working with qualitative and quantitative data analysis; literature review; and report writing.



For this work, training will be provided as well as apprenticeship opportunities.



A Research Assistant would be expected to undertake a range of duties, including the following:



1. Conduct research



1.1 Utilise and deploy basic research techniques under the supervision of a senior member of staff.  1.2 Assist in the planning and implementation of specific research activities, as directed.



1.3 Undertake literature searches, as appropriate.



1.4 Assist in the collection of data including conducting interviews and focus groups, as appropriate. 



1.5 Assist in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, as directed.



1.6 Contribute to the solution of problems encountered in the research context, referring issues as appropriate to the senior staff.



2. Presentation of findings



2.1 Assist with the presentation of information on research progress and outcomes to relevant sponsors etc.



2.2 Participate in the documentation of the results arising from research activity.



2.3 Contribute towards the publication of research findings in suitable publications.



3. Teaching



3.1 As appropriate, assist in the teaching and support of students, as directed by the senior manager.



4. Planning and managing resources



4.1 Work to deadlines and manage competing priorities, with direction as appropriate from the line manager.



5. University/school profile



5.1 As appropriate, liaise with relevant internal and external contacts/organisations in related areas of study.



Miscellaneous:




  1. Exemplify and promote the values of the University. Have a strong commitment to coaching and developing; working cooperatively with colleagues; valuing the contribution of others and sharing knowledge and expertise.

  2. Undertake other duties of a reasonable nature, as may be determined by the postholder’s supervisor from time to time, in consultation with the postholder.

  3. Carry out all duties in accordance with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy actions and commitments designed to promote and improve equality, diversity and inclusion and protect members of staff or students from harassment. It is the duty of the postholder not to act in a prejudicial or discriminatory manner towards members of staff, students, visitors or members of the public. The postholder should also counteract such practice or behaviour by challenging or reporting it.

  4. Take reasonable care of health and safety of self, other people and resources whilst at work to comply with the University’s Health and Safety Policy, Codes of Practice and local rules.

  5. Co-operate with the line manager or any other person with specific responsibility for health and safety, to enable the University’s responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act to be performed.



Review clause:



This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the University’s practice to periodically examine job descriptions and to update them to ensure that they accurately reflect the job that is required to be performed, or to incorporate proposed reasonable changes. This procedure is conducted jointly by each manager in consultation with the individual whose job description is being reviewed. All staff are expected to participate fully in such discussions. When a manager seeks to amend or vary the job description it will seek to do so with the agreement of the employee, giving consideration to any representations s/he may wish to make. Where agreement is not possible, the manager will confirm the changes to the job description to the employee in writing, together with the date on which the changes will take effect. The manager will provide an explanation as to why any representations have been unsuccessful, by whatever means is appropriate. Where changes are made to a job description, consideration will be given to whether the post should be subject to re-evaluation under the University’s job evaluation scheme, depending on the extent and scope of the changes.



Qualifications

  • BA in Early Childhood Studies or other relevant fields (E)

  • MA in Early Childhood Studies or other relevant fields (D)

  • Interest in engaging in post-graduate study (D)



Skills

Relevant experience




  • Experience in data collection and analysis (E)

  • Experience in early years settings (E)



General and special knowledge




  • Writing literature reviews (E)

  • Qualitative data analysis (E)

  • Quantitative data analysis (D)

  • Writing data analysis reports (E)



Skills and abilities




  • Excellent communication skills (E)

  • Interviewing or facilitating focus groups (E)

  • Ability to work as part of a team (E)



Special requirements



           A strong commitment to:




  • the University’s values, mission and strategic plan (E);

  • a “coaching and developing” approach when dealing with colleagues and students (E); and

  • working collegially; valuing the contribution of others (E)



All applicants need to submit an equality and diversity statement of no more than one page, articulating how they will contribute to making our University more inclusive and what they have previously done to advance equality



In order to be shortlisted you must demonstrate that you meet all the essential criteria and as many of the desirable criteria as possible. Where we have a large number of applications (long list) which meet all of the essential criteria, we will then use the desirable criteria to produce a short list.

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An exciting opportunity exists for an assistant to work on the internally funded pilot study “Identity, Security and Integration of Gurkha migrants in the UK: A social anchoring perspective” at the School of Social Professions and Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University.



The successful candidate will assist for 70 hours (in total) in the internally funded project from March 2024 to June 2024.



The pilot project aims to explore the lives and lived experience of one of the newest migrant groups in Britain, Nepali Gurkhas. In particular, this research helps unfold how Gurkha migrants make sense of their ‘new home’, their own sense of being, connect to different social spaces and access to migrant capitals in a host society/country. The research outputs will involve submission of an external grant proposal and stakeholder engagement workshop.



The Research Assistant would be expected to undertake a range of duties, including the following:



 1.Conduct research




  • Assist in the planning and implementation of specific research activities, as directed;

  • Undertake literature searches on migration, gender and existing institutional structures, strategies, and practices for integration of Gurkha migrants in UK;

  • Assist in data collection and analysis.



 



2. Presentation of findings





 



3. University/School profile




  • As appropriate, liaise with relevant internal and external contacts/organisations in related areas of study.



 



Qualifications

Postgraduate level with experience in gathering relevant information.



Skills

  1. Relevant experience



Understanding research processes.



In order to be shortlisted you must demonstrate that you meet all the essential criteria and as many of the desirable criteria as possible. Where we have a large number of applications (long list) which meet all of the essential criteria, we will then use the desirable criteria to produce a short list.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century. 



To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it. 



The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap. 



We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 850 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London. 



Researchers at the UK DRI King's College use innovative approaches to explore the Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.  



To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.  



 



The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.  



 



We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London.  



 



Centre context 



King’s   



Researchers at the UK DRI at King’s use innovative approaches to explore the biological mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Their goal is to defeat dementia by uncovering vital new knowledge that will lead to the design of smarter diagnostics and effective treatments. The team aim to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in dementia at a molecular level – and to use that knowledge to design new ways to diagnose and treat disease more precisely.  



Professor Jernej Ule is seeking a Laboratory Technician to join a team of researchers working on the assembly mechanisms of ribonucleoprotein complexes (RNP) and its defects in neurodegeneration.  



You will contribute to the project, in particular the transcriptomic methods such as CLIP and Ribo-seq and associated computational biology, as well as cell biology techniques and thus contribute to relevant publications in collaboration with other team members. 



The post is based at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Denmark Hill campus.   





  • Undertake the planned experiments and analyse data under the supervision of Professor Ule and in collaboration with other members of the Ule group.  




  • Continue professional development, including participation in staff development and review procedures in accordance with King’s guidelines, including annual formal appraisal. 







  • Contribute to the multidisciplinary research strategy of the Centre and department. 




  • Ensuring the highest standard of record keeping, maintaining accurate, complete, and up to date records.  




  • Ensuring confidentiality is maintained as applicable. 




  • Attending and contributing to Departmental, Institutional, and other meetings as appropriate. 




  • Acting at all times in accordance with the highest professional standards and ensuring that these are maintained in the delivery of all aspects of research. 







  • Adhering at all times to the policies, rules and regulations of the Centre, Department and King’s. 




  • The post holder will actively follow King’s policies including Equal Opportunities and Information Governance policies. 




  • The post holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager





Qualifications

BSc in Molecular Biology or a related discipline 



Skills


  • Resourceful and able to act on own initiative 




  • Interested in research and a commitment to supporting high quality research 




  • Meticulous and accurate in all aspects of work




  • Experience with new method development 




  • Experience in immunostaining and neurobiology 



We are looking for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic teacher to join the Economics team on the King's International Foundation, which is a one-year, Level 3, pre-university programme for highly capable international students from diverse educational backgrounds.



The successful applicant will be teaching small group seminars on campus using high-quality pre-prepared resources, as well as contributing to assessment and marking. You will receive plenty of academic support from the Module Leader and be integrated into our supportive departmental GTA network, through which you can access a range of professional development opportunities.



To apply for the role, please submit an up-to-date CV and a cover letter of no more than one A4 page outlining why you believe you would be suitable for the role.



Ideally the successful applicant will be in post from w/c 19 February until 25 March. There may be possibility of the post being extended. 



The job advert is currently due to close on 24 February, but could close earlier if the post gets filled. 



Qualifications

Degree in Economics or a related subject



Skills

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