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Research Assistant

 

Job Description

Research Assistant/Associate - Developing a UK Gender Equality Index for local areas (either one or two roles)



KCL department

The Policy Institute – Global Institute for Women’s Leadership



Hours

c. 20 hours per week

This might be a role for one or two individuals depending on skill sets, experience, and capacity.

If offered to two individuals, the number of hours will be c. 10 hours per week each.



Salary

£20.02- £23.24 per hour depending on experience.



The post will be for 6 months with the possibility of extending.

 



Chaired by Julia Gillard, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia, The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at King’s College London brings together rigorous research, practice, and advocacy to break down the barriers to women becoming leaders, while challenging ideas of what leadership looks like.



A Research Assistant or Research Associate is required to assist the GIWL team on a project funded by Lloyds Banking Group, entitled “Developing a subnational gender equality index for UK”. This project builds on our previous work (see Schmid, Cook and Jones 2021, 2022) with the aim of creating an index to measure and map gender equality levels across local areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland data permitting.



As part of the project, we are building a website to showcase the index, with an interactive map. This website will help transform the index into a practical tool that can be used by activists, academics, and grassroots campaigners to call for greater equality in their local areas.



Secondary data from survey, administrative, and big data will be used to measure how women’s and men’s outcomes differ depending on where they live. We will focus on six domains: Paid Work, Unpaid Work, Money, Power & Participation, Education & Skills, Health & Wellbeing, and Violence Against Women and Girls. Using the index data, we will conduct research on how local area gender inequality affects individual outcomes.



We require a Research Assistant or Research Associate to assist with data cleaning and integration, the statistical steps involved in the construction of the index, and the translation of the index into interactive maps on the project website. This might be a role for one or two individuals depending on skill sets, experience, and capacity.

 



Key duties:




  • Identifying appropriate data sources for measuring gender equality at the neighbourhood level in the UK, including from administrative data, survey data, and big data.

  • Updating a reference table of these data sources and relevant variables within each data source.

  • Creating indicators based on these variables and combining these indicators into a single dataset in a common format, via data cleaning and coding.

  • Conducting statistical analyses to construct the index including imputation of missing data and sensitivity analyses to test normalisation, weighting, and aggregation methods.

  • Creating data documentation/meta-data and writing reports.

  • Creating interactive map functionality for a website to display the data and indicators.

  • Assisting with broader website set up and functionality together with colleagues.

  • Participating in team meetings to update on progress.

  • Presenting to team and advisory group.





Enquires for further information are welcome and should be sent to Caitlin Schmid (caitlin.schmid@kcl.ac.uk).



Further reading:



Schmid, C., Cook, R., Jones, L. (2022). Measuring gender inequality in Great Britain: Proposal for a sub-national index. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxac005



Schmid, C., Cook, R., Jones, L. (2021). A UK Gender Equality Index: Challenges In Developing A Conceptual Framework. Policy brief. Global Institute for Women‘s Leadership, King‘s College London.



Joint Research Centre-European Commission (2008). Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide. OECD Publishing. https://www.oecd.org/sdd/42495745.pdf



Joint Research Centre-European Commission (2020). Your 10-Step Pocket Guide to Composite Indicators & Scoreboard. https://knowledge4policy.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/10-step-pocket-guide-to-composite-indicators-and-scoreboards.pdf



Qualifications

For academic applicants, a recent or close to completion of a PhD in a relevant social science discipline e.g, geography, social statistics, sociology, social policy, or economics with a quantitative component.



Skills

Essential:



· Experience of using one or more of the following software packages for data manipulation:

SPSS, Stata, R, Python.




  • Ability to work independently to deadlines while collaborating with the wider research team.

  • Proficiency in data cleaning, management, transformation and visualisation

  • Experience of front-end and back-end web development.

  • Experience of conducting spatial analysis.

  • Experience of using one or more of the following software packages for data manipulation: SPSS, Stata, R, Python..



Desirable:




  • For academic applicants, a recent or close to completion of a PhD in a relevant social science discipline e.g, geography, social statistics, sociology, social policy, or economics with a quantitative component.

  • Interest in gender inequalities.

  • Familiarity with existing gender equality indices.

  • Knowledge of UK survey and administrative data as relevant to local area level analysis.

  • Experience of website design.

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Launched in 2022, the King's Institute for Artificial Intelligence is dedicated to establishing a coherent and prominent presence for AI at King's College London. Our immediate aims include fostering networking and collaboration across the King's AI community, as well as serving as a central point of coordination for both internal initiatives and external partnerships. In pursuit of these objectives, the Institute is seeking to appoint a Part-Time External Engagement Projects Officer to advance various initiatives focused on enhancing our external visibility and engagement. 



Job Title: Part-Time External Engagement Projects Officer 

Number of Hours: Up to 30 hours over 3 weeks (in the first instance) 

Available from: June 24, 2024 

Interview date: Friday 14 June  



Qualifications

Essential 





  • Completion or near-completion of an undergraduate degree, preferably in AI, Computer Science, or a related field or equivalent experience.  





 





  • Strong interest in AI and a solid understanding of its key subfields. 




  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and SharePoint. 




  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas effectively. 




  • Highly organised with strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team. 





Desirable 





  • Having or pursuing a postgraduate qualification in a related field. 







  • Working knowledge or experience of working in the context of industry partnerships with universities. 





 



Skills

Key Responsibilities: 





  • Reporting to the Turing Partnership Manager, and working closely with the Communications and Engagement Manager, support and assist with a variety of tasks which will increase the Institute’s ability to engage with industry and external partners. Examples might include (but are not limited to): 




  • Compiling a directory of local startups and SMEs with a focus on AI, including researching existing initiatives and establishing a system for information management. 




  • Utilize existing internal mapping data to create a directory of AI experts at King’s, showcasing their locations and areas of expertise. 




  • Revising existing mapping surveys to better suit the Institute’s objectives to map AI expertise at King’s. 




  • Collaborate with the Communications and Engagement Manager and the Turing Partnership Manager to revise the external-facing website as needed. 




  • Undertake reasonable duties and tasks as required by the Turing Partnership Manager. 



This role will be working in a fast-paced team, supporting the delivery of the King's Education Awards 2024. The awards will take place on the Strand Campus on Thursday 13 June 2024 from 4-8pm, so applicants must ensure they are available to be on campus on this date and time for the event. 



Please note: the maximum number of hours that a student can work per week is 20 hours. The number depends on external regulations governing working for international students as well as university regulations around working while studying. If you hold another role, please ensure the hours from this role combined with the hours from any other roles held do not exceed 20 hours per week.  



 Responsibilities   



For the King’s Education Awards 2024, you will primarily be based at the mug collection table where nominees will arrive to collect their mugs which will require you to:




  • Organise the mug collection station at the direction of the project manager 

  • Greet colleagues upon arrival and find their name in the alphabetical list of labels 

  • Once found, stick the label to an individually boxed mug and tick them off the list 

  • At the end of the event, return the ticked off list and labels to the event manager and repack any unclaimed mugs back into the large delivery boxes 



We are expecting around 120 attendees so this operation must run smoothly, efficiently and most importantly, must not disrupt the flow of the celebration. You may be required to assist during other parts of the event (including setting up and clearing away), at the discretion of the event manager.



Please note, the dress code for the event is smart casual. 



Interested applicants should possess the following skills and apply by submitting a CV:




  • Excellent verbal communication skills   

  • An eye for detail  

  • Ability to manage a busy workload while remaining calm and displaying tact at all times   

  • Some previous experience in supporting large-scale events.  



The successful applicant will be contacted by email by Tuesday 11 June 2024 at the latest.



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Skills

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