Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

University College London - Department of Social Science

Within the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), the Department of Social Science (DSS) is one of the largest centres of multi-disciplinary, social science research and teaching in London. It is home to over 80 academics based in five renowned research centres. The candidate will be based in the Quantitative Social Science (QSS) unit which specialises in applying advanced quantitative methods to large scale data sets to produce high quality research and inform policy. Key areas of interest include education, health, labour markets, social mobility, child development, child and adult wellbeing.

The Department of Social Science is seeking to appoint two high-calibre Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the EU funded Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on 'Outcomes and Casual inference in International Comparative Assessments' (OCCAM).

The candidates' duties will include co-authoring academic papers under the supervision (and in collaboration with) their PhD supervisors. Candidates will also need to register for a PhD course at UCL over the three years of their employment, with the expectation you will gain this qualification around the time the project ends. Likewise, the successful candidates will also register to become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in order to gain a recognised teaching qualification. In order to achieve this qualification, students will be required to have around 20-hours of contact teaching time per academic year. Candidates will regularly attend and contribute to departmental team meetings, and international meetings (approximately once every six months) as part of the OCCAM research network. They will also need to undertake a six month secondment working overseas at one of our partner institutions (based in Dortmund for one project and Cyprus for the other). They will also jointly develop and lead the department’s early-career seminar series.

The posts are available from 01/08/2018 and are funded for a maximum of three years.

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the recruitment date (01 August 2018).

Applicants must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first 4 years (full time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Candidates must be close to completion of a MSc in a quantitative social science discipline and have a very strong academic background (e.g. a first class or very strong 2:1 degree, or the equivalent) and have training in advanced quantitative methods.

UCL vacancy reference: 1714625      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For further details about this post, please contact Professor John Jerrim ( )

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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