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Research Associate

Cardiff University

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 Per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 2nd November 2021
Job Ref: 12512BR

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is looking to recruit a Research Associate. The successful candidate will join the research team of the ESRC project Understanding [Offline/Online] Society: Linking Surveys with Twitter Data – a collaborative project between the School of Social Sciences Cardiff University, the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) University of Essex, and NatCen. The postholder will contribute towards a range of work packages involving data collection, generation and analysis of social survey and Twitter data, and pursue excellence in research through contributing to publications and dissemination activities.

We are looking for a candidate with experience of working with Twitter or other social media data data and who is proficient in ‘R’ and/or Python. We anticipate the role involving innovative computational social science approaches, including: co-developing methods for operationalising socially interesting and relevant variables from the wide range of data available through the Twitter API; algorithmic design; categorisation; and data management.

This is a full time post, 35 hours a week, fixed term to the 28th February 2023. 

The post is based in Cardiff University, but will require occasional travel to London and Essex to work in secure data labs (all travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the project).

Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6)

Responsible to Prof Luke Sloan, Principal Investigator

For further enquiries contact Prof Luke Sloan, SloanLS@cardiff.ac.uk Telephone 029 2087 0262

Closing date: Tuesday, 2 November 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.


Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment”

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