Research And Administrative Assistant

Job Description

Research And Administrative Assistant:  What's In An Abortion?  Workshop, ESRC Festival Of Social Science

This is an exciting, short-term opportunity for a research and administrative assistant role to support and engage with an interactive workshop session (“What’s in an abortion?”) held on the 15th of November 2023, 1730-1930.


“What’s in an abortion?” is a two-hour interactive, hybrid workshop run by Dr Rishita Nandagiri (King’s College London) and Joe Strong (London School of Economics and Political Science) as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. This workshop aims to shift how abortion is understood and aims to challenge abortion stigma. It does so by critically examining and troubling everyday depictions of abortion in media. First exploring myths, embellishments, and sensationalist stories that surround depictions of abortion in media (news headlines, films, tv shows, books), we then contrast these depictions with current evidence and knowledge on abortion; offering a corrective to stigmatised understandings and narratives of abortion by reclaiming and reimagining ‘what’s in an abortion’. Following an initial, facilitator-led discussion (approx. 45 minutes), participants will produce a collective ‘zine responding to relevant prompts & discussion points (approx. 45 minutes). The public ‘zine will be available online and via a public archive.


The post holder will be involved in:

(1) Organising the workshop which includes support and administrative tasks (e.g., managing the mailing lists), and outreach (e.g., liaising with department/School social media and communications teams)

(2) Assisting with facilitation-related tasks during the event (e.g., support with catering) including administering evaluation forms

(3) Assisting with post-event activities (e.g., evaluations, scanning/collating ‘zines).

The post holder will also contribute to other activities such as meetings, report writing, and presentations. The postholder is expected to attend the workshop in person. This work will be performed under supervision and in close collaboration with Dr Rishita Nandagiri (KCL), and where necessary Joe Strong (LSE).

This is a part time post requiring 7 hours of work, spread out over a week (just before the event, the event day, and a few wrap-up tasks after the event) starting as soon as possible.


Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to workshop administrative and logistical tasks

  • Liaise with collaborators, when necessary

  • Attending the workshop event in person

  • Support workshop facilitation

  • Contribute to building a post-workshop reading list

    • Contribute to writing reports and evaluations, as needed

    • Work closely with the rest of the team to complete tasks in agreed timeframes

    • Work independently to ensure tasks and ongoing workloads are prioritised and completed in agreed timeframes

    • Attend and contribute to team meetings

    • Any other tasks relevant to the successful completion of the project.


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope, timing, and grading of the post.


How to Apply

Please e-mail Dr Rishita Nandagiri ( and Joe Strong (  with:

  1. Subject line: “What’s in an abortion?” assistant role.

  2. A (max 500 words) document that briefly sets out:

    1. Your understanding of abortion, and abortion stigma;

    2. Any relevant experience you may have for this role.

Please submit this by 10 am on the 9th of November 2023.

Enquiries may be made to Dr Rishita Nandagiri (, Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine.





Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Studying at a Master’s level at KCL

  • Demonstrable knowledge of abortion and/or reproduction

  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

  • Experience of data management using Excel

  • Aptitude for working collaboratively and willingness to work as part of a team and ability to work independently

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain good working relationships.


Desirable criteria

  • Experience of organising events at the university such as workshops

  • Strong facilitation skills, some experience of creative skills (e.g., ‘zines, art)   


Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture Centre Administrator Job Description – 2023/24

King's College London has a rich history of pioneering Portuguese language education in British universities, dating back to the 1860s. The Camões Centre, created in 2010 through an agreement between Instituto Camões and King's College London, plays a vital role in promoting Portuguese culture and education. The Centre facilitates interdisciplinary symposia, fosters partnerships with Portuguese universities, and encourages exchanges of professors and students. With its interdisciplinary approach, the Camões Centre contributes to the growing interest in the Portuguese language and aligns with King's College London's broader internationalization strategy, serving as a hub for academic and cultural activities related to Portugal across various disciplines at the university level in the UK.

The Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture are looking for a Centre Administrator to provide administrative, communications, and impact and engagement support for the diverse programme of creative activity.

Through their programme, the centre explores new ways of developing and conducting interdisciplinary and socially engaged research and research-led teaching with a range of stakeholders, participants and audiences. The Centre Administrator will actively contribute to embedding related cultural competencies throughout the AHRI research centres.


Role purpose:

The main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Development and management of a series of on- and off-line impact and engagement activities throughout the academic year

  • Tasks involved with virtual activities may involve liaising with the KCL IT team, academics, artists and participants, acting as producer for online activity, managing bookings, enquiries and evaluation

  • Tasks involved with physical activities may include organising and coordinating events, booking catering and AV, liaising with academics, artists and participants, managing bookings, enquiries and evaluation

  • Oversight and management of the research centre’s budget, submitting monthly reports to the AHCentre Director

  • Room bookings for centre activity throughout the academic year

  • Management of the research centre inbox

  • Raising the profile of the research centre and of associated engagement and impact activities through mailing lists, web pages, email newsletters and social media activities

  • Ensuring clear lines of communication between the research centre and the AHRI, maximising cross-promotional opportunities and sharing good practice with other centres

  • Active participation in a range of professional development and support opportunities organised by the College

Role conditions

Applicants must be a King’s College London PhD Student available to work for the centre for the remainder of the academic year.

The role-holder will be paid £13.48 per hour, for 4 hours per week. Hours can be worked flexibly in agreement with the Centre Director. The start date for the first assignment is 20th November 2023.

Assignment dates:

  • Monday 20th November to Friday  5th July 2024

The Centre Administrator will be required to submit a report at the end of each assignment, detailing their engagement activities over the past semester and plans for the next semester.

To apply

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to the Director Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture, Alexandra Lourenco Dias ( by 5pm, Monday 13th November 2023, with interviews taking place in person on Friday 17th November in the Camões Centre, VWB room 5.43

The cover letter should be no longer than 2 pages, detailing:

  • Why you are interested in the role and how your research connects with that of the research centre

  • The relevant skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for the role

  • One innovative engagement activity that you would suggest for your research centre that would enable them to reach new, non-academic public

Informal enquiries should be made to Alexandra Lourenco Dias (

King's is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce which represents all aspects of the communities we are part of and welcomes all applications.

Please note that applicants do not need to speak Portuguese and will work in English.

King’s encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have any adjustments in relation to your application, please get in touch.


Applicants must be a King’s College London PhD Student available to work for the centre for the remainder of the academic year.


Essential Requirements:

  • Excellent time management and organisation skills, able to manage own workload and prioritise tasks

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders

  • Practical, pragmatic approach, able to act on own initiative

  • Excellent IT and digital skills

  • Able to think creatively with originality and insight

  • Experience of event planning and management

  • Experience of balancing competing priorities under pressure of deadlines and workload

  • Experience in administration and inbox management

Desirable Requirements:

  • Academic qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline

  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary, socially engaged research and education activities, especially those in relation to Arts, Culture and Humanities

  • Experience of using email

  • Experience of using social media

  • Experience of budget management

  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as required for the delivery of events


 The KCL component of the XCEPT project is looking for a Project Assistant to join our team within the next month, the sooner the better. The role is full time and until March 31st, 2024. XCEPT is a large multi-country research project, funded by the UK's FCDO and UKAID, that explores pathways to peace and/or violence in fragile and conflict affected states. We have multi-method studies underway in Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and soon in South Sudan. 

The Project Assistant will assist with the research (3 days per week) and support with project operations (2 days per week). Therefore, we think this is an exciting opportunity to gain broad experience in how large, complex research projects are implemented. Operations duties will include (but are not limited to) supporting the Project Manager with financial administration, aspects of procurement, contracting, duty of care planning and monitoring the outputs schedule. Research assistance tasks will involve literature reviews, data management and processing of survey data, quantitative data analysis, and contributing to outputs such as working papers and journal articles.  


We’d like to hear from people who are enthusiastic about the subject area and would like to continue their career in this field. As this is an early career role, it’s not expected candidates will have prior professional experience. However, research skills developed in reviewing literature, quantitative data analysis, and writing research outputs during your studies are important for the position. The Project Assistant will be listed as co-author on any papers they contribute to either through data analysis or writing. There will also be an opportunity to work on communications outputs such as blogs, podcasts, and video pieces, if this is of interest. 




- bachelors degree in a relevant subject area


- quantitative research skills developed during studying 

- administrative skills

We are looking for two (2) MA or PhD students with experience in thematic and linguistic analysis to work on qualitative data analysis for a research project funded by the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub. 

The analysis will regard written texts in interview transcriptions. We have curated 46 interview transcripts (average 13 pages in length). We expect the thematic analysis to be completed in 4 weeks. The weekly workload is flexible but must not exceed 8 hours per week.

The selected candidates will be working with the research team of the Leap of Faith TAS Hub project, where we investigate factors affecting instantaneous trust in human robot interactions. Instantaneous trust manifests in situations where a human comes into contact with a robot with no prior interaction history. The robot issues an instruction expecting compliance from the human.  We assume that if the human complies with the instruction, the compliance is based on instantaneous trust to the robot. In this project, we explore the impact of the robot's relatability in instantaneous trust. Our definition of relatability encapsulates 3 properties:

  1. Movement of the robot during the interaction (2 levels - movement relevant in the context, no movement)

  2. Voice of the robot (3 levels - Friendly human voice, Indifferent human voice, robotic voice)

  3. Embodiment of the robot (2 levels - TiaGo, Turtlebot)

Through the thematic analysis we expect to resolve the following questions

  1. What aspects of relatability (movment, voice, embodiment) are most influential in contributing toward creating a trusted interaction instantaneously between a robot and a human? 

  2. Do the most influential relatable aspects change based on

    1. Perceived risk of the scenario 

    2. Human characteristics (past experiences)

Start date 20th April or as soon as possible


MA or PhD students with experience in thematic and linguistic analysis to work on qualitative data analysis



  • Has a background in Social sciences

  • Experience in applying thematic analysis on data generated from interview transcripts

  • Generate inductive and deductive codes for the interview transcripts

  • Work collegially with another person to check the intercoder reliability of the data

  • Writeup the results of the analysis with some degree of independence