Research Associate in Youth Equity and STEM Project

University College London - Department of Education, Practice and Society

Part time: 18.25 hours per week (50%).

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

The department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) has specialists from a wide variety of disciplines who undertake research to support education throughout the life course by contributing to economic, social and political debate as well as development in societies, nationally and internationally.

Youth Equity + STEM (YESTEM) is a four-year Science Learning+ Partnership project (2017-2020) funded by the National Science Foundation (US) and the Wellcome Trust (UK). YESTEM addresses fundamental equity issues in informal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning.

Access to, and opportunities within, Informal STEM Learning (ISL) remain limited for youth from historically under-represented backgrounds in both the United Kingdom and the United States. This project brings together researchers and practitioners to focus on the experiences, practices and tools that will support equitable youth pathways into STEM.

The major goal of this partnership is getting practitioners and researchers - through working with youth through design based implementation research, survey and critical ethnography - to develop new understandings of how and under what conditions they participate in ISL over time and across settings, and how they may connect these experiences towards pathways into STEM.

We are looking for a researcher, who is committed to social justice, to join our friendly project team. Key duties will include conducting fieldwork with practitioners from partner settings, the collection, organisation, analysis and anonymization of project data, helping with project administration and organisation (e.g. organising meetings, processing orders and expenses) and assisting with project social media and dissemination.

This is a maternity post cover, and is available from 1 June 2018 to 31 December 2018.

In view of the nature of the work involved any offer of appointment will be conditional on a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

The post holder will hold a PhD in a social science/education area or be close to submission.  They will have knowledge and experience of working with young people and/or practitioners, ideally in educational or informal science learning settings; strong project management and administrative experience and skills; high level of personal organisation and good team-working skills; and expertise and experience in relevant research methods.

Experience of promoting research projects via social media would be desirable.

UCL vacancy reference:1719228.

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

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Professor Louise Archer: l.archer@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing date: 30th of April 2018.

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

Interview date: TBC.

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