Research Assistant

Job Description

To provide research assistance to Christel Koop (Department of Political Economy) and Michele Scotto di Vettimo (Department of Political Economy), as part of their research project on the communication and public engagement of Bank of England officials over the last two decades.



The role involves the collection and categorisation of data on the tenure and characteristics of some central bank officials as well as on some events where they participated, using such sources as government websites, LinkedIn, and newspapers. It also involves reading short excerpts from their speeches to code them in predetermined categories defined in a provided codebook.



For this position, we are looking for an UG-level student with an interest in politics, policy-making and central banking in the United Kingdom.



The research assistance will take place over a period of 5 weeks, on average 10 hours per week, from 3 June 2024 to 7 July 2024 (50 hours in total). The pay rate is £18.12 per hour.



Qualifications

  • English language skills

  • Educated to A-level standard or equivalent

  • Enrolled on an UG programme at King’s with at least some focus on politics and policy-making



Skills

  • Some knowledge of politics

  • Some experience with datasets (and Excel in particular)

  • (Desirable) Some knowledge of the economic governance

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Please read all of this before applying - information on where to send your application is below. 



About the Role

We are looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) to contribute to the King’s Academy GTA Development Programme next year. This fixed-term role would be ideal for someone who has experience as a GTA who is interested in working with King’s Academy to support fellow GTAs and develop their own skills. This post may be particularly suitable for someone wishing to develop an academic career with a teaching component. The post holder will be a member of the King’s Academy team and work alongside other academic development and professional services colleagues to provide support to GTAs. The postholder will receive support and mentoring to develop their expertise in teaching and education. This would be a hybrid role. Office space may be available on the Waterloo or Strand campuses and some working from home may be possible.



Role Purpose




  • To contribute to the design and implementation of the GTA Development Programme.



Role Profile




  • To work closely with the GTA Development Programme Lead to design, plan and run events and workshops for GTAs.

  • To update existing and create new online resources for GTAs, such as on the GTA One Stop Shop KEATS page.

  • To work with the GTA Development Team to plan and organise events for GTAs, which may include workshops, peer teaching support and social events.

  • To develop own teaching expertise in line with the responsibilities of the post.



Application Process



If you fulfil the criteria, please submit and indication of your interest by sending:




  • a concise CV (max two sides of A4) and,

  • a brief covering letter outlining your interest in the post and relevant experience (max two sides of A4)



to Dr Sandra Takei at Sandra.Takei@kcl.ac.uk



Further Information

Interviews will take place on 20 June 2024.



Candidates will be asked to prepare a brief (10-minute) interactive teaching demonstration for the interview on one of the following topics: planning your first seminar, active learning strategies or developing confidence as a GTA.



Deadline: 13 June 2024



Qualifications

E = Essential; D = Desirable



Education / qualifications and training




  • A teaching qualification of any kind - D

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (e.g. AFHEA) or working towards - D



Experience




  • Experience of teaching in a university setting - E

  • Experience of using active learning methods in teaching - E

  • Experience of designing, developing and evaluating teaching - D

  • Experience of using virtual learning environments and other forms of technology to support teaching and learning - D

  • Experience recording and editing videos - D

  • Experience teaching in a health or science/STEM discipline - D



Knowledge / skills




  • Some theoretical knowledge of education - D

  • Excellent organisational skills - E

  • Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills - E

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with academic and professional services colleagues - E

  • IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook - E



Personal characteristics / other requirements




  • Ability to be punctual, reliable and professional at all times - E

  • A commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive teaching - E

  • A commitment to continued professional development to enhance teaching and broaden the range of teaching methods used, including the use of technology - E



Skills

Applicants must:




  • Have an understanding of the GTA role at King’s and completed some teaching on an academic programme (either undergraduate or postgraduate)

  • Be available to commit to a minimum of 0.5 days per week for 9 months (August 2024 to April 2025) and be present during peak periods (9 – 30 September 2024 & 13 – 24 January 2025)

  • Be flexible about working at more than one campus (primarily Strand and Waterloo).



Desirable criteria:




  • GTAs from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. However, we especially welcome applicants with teaching experience in a health or science/STEM discipline.

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This project investigates the gendered dynamics within European democracies. It involves two tasks. The first research assistant will undertake a literature review and gather data concerning women's representation across European democracies (20 hours). The second research assistant, proficient in both Hungarian and English, will focus on the Hungarian case (10 hours).



Qualifications

Undergraduate student



Skills

Language skills:



First Assistant: two European languages, excluding Hungarian



Second Assistant: Hungarian and English



Background in comparative politics and feminist politics

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