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Research Assistant

Birkbeck, University of London - Department of Politics

Location: London
Salary: £19.38 per hour
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th November 2022
Closes: 11th December 2022
Job Ref: 508068

This is an hourly-paid appointment on a casual contract. Successful applicants will submit timesheets for hours worked and will be required to complete up to 66 hours for the duration of the project. 

We require three Research Assistants for open source data collection and media content analysis, linked to BA-funded research at Birkbeck Politics.

Background

‘Exploring citizens' responses to science in public policy’ is a British Academy-funded project based at Birkbeck Politics. We ask how science and scientific evidence can be best communicated to facilitate citizens’ trust and critical engagement with science in contested policy areas. Our case studies cover Clean Air Zones, GM crops, and the monkeypox epidemic.

The Role

The role of the three Research Assistants will be to analyse news stories and debate transcripts related to these policies. The key activities of the Research Assistants will be locating and downloading information from online sources about the stakeholders identified in these texts (such as political and campaign groups, research organisations), organising and storing data, and verifying machine-generated predictions (for example, tone of text).

The Research Assistants will get clear instructions and support from the project team. They will also learn about several aspects of the research itself, including research design, data collection, and analysis.

Skills and experience

This opportunity would build on experience with tasks such as data entry, data collection, and/or specifically media content coding. The ideal applicant will have (a) a high ability to stay focused while carrying out repetitive tasks, and (b) an interest in learning about the project: evidence-based policy in the UK or the case studies themselves.

Remuneration:

Payment is based on an hourly rate depending on length of continuous service with the College (starting rate £19.38 per hour inclusive of pro-rata London Allowance and holiday pay) for hours worked. This hourly rate is based on the starting point of Grade 6 of the College's London Pay Scale

Enquiries:

If you would like to know more about the role, please click on apply below or contact Dr Laszlo Horvath, via l.horvath@bbk.ac.uk.

If you have technical issues or difficulties using the recruitment portal, please contact jobs@bbk.ac.uk providing your name and the job reference number of the position.

While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

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