Research Assistant: Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, Central Cambridge, UK

University of Cambridge
Research Assistant
Study in:UK
Deadline: 12 January 2018

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for the position of a Research Assistant at the Institute of Criminology to work on a study entitled ‘Following Learning Together: Transitioning beyond Prison and University Walls’. This is a new full-time position. The role-holder will work as part of the Learning Together team, which currently comprises six people. The position is available from 5 February 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. Due to limited funding, this position is only initially available for six months.

The Research Assistant will work with Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow to follow up students who have previously completed a Learning Together course whilst in prison or at the University of Cambridge. Learning Together is an initiative developed and led by Drs Armstrong and Ludlow. It brings together students currently studying at university and students currently resident within the criminal justice system to study degree level courses together.

The role-holder will begin data collection for the first phase of a longitudinal study that will focus on the experiences of students who have been involved in University of Cambridge delivered Learning Together programmes. The study will involve qualitative interviews and the administration of questionnaires with the aim of understanding the realities of students’ lives as they transition into new futures, and explore the role (if any) that their involvement in Learning Together has played in these transitions.

The post-holder must hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject and should have experience of academic interviewing, preferably with people in prison or under criminal justice supervision.

The post-holder should have experience of collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data. Prior experience of conducting data collection and analysis in a similar area of research is highly desirable.

Experience of statistical packages such as SPSS is essential and knowledge of Atlas Ti software would be desirable.

Since the position will involve a considerable amount of fieldwork in prisons across England, the post-holders must be willing to work flexible hours and travel frequently during the periods of data collection. A driving licence and access to a car is desirable.

For further information regarding the role and responsibilities, and how to apply, please refer to the Further Information document attached.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact the HR office at the Institute of Criminology at or by calling 01223 335383.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is Friday 12th January, 2018.

Interviews are planned for Thursday 25th January, 2018.

Please quote reference JL14306 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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