Research Assistant

University of Kent - School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on an NIHR School of Social Care Research (SSCR) funded study, investigating transitions to adult social care from residential schools and colleges.

You will be responsible for refining the empirical research methods to be implemented and ensuring the research keeps to timetable. You will also assist in the design and implementation of data collection procedures, including interview schedules, conduct interviews in phase 2, and contribute to the analysis of data using both qualitative and quantitative methodology.

If you have knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods, along with knowledge of learning disabilities, this could be an ideal role for you.

As Research Assistant you will:

  • assist in the design of questionnaires and interview schedules
  • negotiate access to participants, provide advice on completion of questionnaires, and conduct interviews
  • produce, collate and archive all reports and documents related to the project

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a postgraduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant social science subject
  • knowledge and experience of using Nvivi and/or SPSS
  • ability to conduct sensitive and effective research interviews with a range of professional and practitioners, and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism

The Tizard Centre

The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and is one of the leading academic groups in the UK working in learning disability and community care.

The Centre’s primary aims are, through our research, teaching and consultancy, to:

  • find out more about how to support and work with people effectively
  • help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services
  • help policy-makers, planners, managers and practitioners organise and provide better services

The Centre provides teaching through short courses, certificate, diploma and degree programmes at the University of Kent and elsewhere. It also maintains an extensive programme of research and consultancy, nationally and internationally. In all our work we are committed to acknowledging diversity and addressing issues arising from social inequality.

We seek to align ourselves with service users and to reduce the disadvantage and discrimination they experience. We support user empowerment and the development of services that are responsive to user need. We seek to achieve our mission without further disadvantaging carers and service staff whom, we recognise, are often, themselves, relatively powerless and disadvantaged.

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the largest departments of its type in the UK, and is the largest department in the Faculty of Social Science.

Further Information

Interviews are to be held: 31 October 2017

Please click the ‘Apply’ button below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: SS1291

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

No agencies, thank you.

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