Research Assistant (88173-028)

University of Warwick - Psychology

Fixed Term Contract for 18 months.
Part-time, one post for 18.25 hours per week (0.50 FTE) or two posts for 9.15 hours per week (0.25 FTE).

The post has been created for the research project PremLife (Life Course Dynamics after Preterm Birth – Protective Factors for Social and Educational Transitions, Health, and Prosperity) funded by the NORFACE – DIAL Programme. This is a position within a vibrant multidisciplinary and international research consortium focused on studying the health, well-being, and prosperity of preterm born babies across their life span.

We aim to appoint someone to assist on the data management of the studies that are part of the PremLife project. The PremLife projects aims at conjoint data-analysis of existing prospective cohort studies that assessed children, adolescents, and adults who were born preterm in the UK, Germany, and Finland. The post-holder is expected to assist with the data documentation (i.e., developing data dictionaries) and harmonization of datasets. Data-harmonization is an essential step before datasets including similar variables can be analysed conjointly. Among other datasets, data documentation and harmonization will involve the Basel Study of Preterm Children (BSPC) and the Bavarian Longitudinal Study (BLS) that are part of the PremLife project. The BSPC and the BLS are both prospective cohort studies with preterm infants admitted to neonatal special care and subsequent long-term follow up. Both studies cover a broad range of cognitive, behavioural, social, and biological data.

You will work under the supervision of Dr Sakari Lemola and Dr. Asteria Brylka (Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Group).

This position may be ideal for a PhD student or a graduate willing to work part-time.

You should have a degree qualification in psychology, social science, health, epidemiology, or another relevant field.

Previous experience working with SPSS datasets is required.

You will have good communication skills, be detail-oriented and be able to work independently and collaboratively.

All Applications should be made online and accompanied by a CV and a short supporting document (1 page) detailing why you are a suitable candidate (for example, your qualifications, interests, and relevant experience). References may be requested prior to shortlisting.

Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred pattern of working – i.e. 9.15 or 18.25 hours per week. Job share will be considered.

If you would like to obtain further information or would like to discuss the post, you are welcome to contact Sakari Lemola (email:

The successful candidate will be prepared to begin as soon as possible after 1 April 2018.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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