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Title: Researcher / Data Analyst
Employer: The Social Research Unit
Description: Hours of work: 35 hours full time, part time considered for exceptional candidates
Duration of contract: permanent

We have an opening for an Researcher / Data Analyst with experience in quantitative research design, setting up and managing data sets, applying a range of statistical techniques to data, and communicating findings to a wide range of audiences. We are open to hearing from data analysts with a range of experience, from a statistics graduate without work experience to someone with relevant work experience.

The role will involve working on a range of research and development projects at a charity that specialises in the application of research for the improvement of outcomes for children.

The role is based in an outstanding rural location a few minutes from the A38 between Plymouth and Exeter. There will be opportunities for international travel.

Salary: £25,000pa to £35,000pa. The upper end of the salary range will be available for experienced candidates wanting a part-time role.

Person specification

Education Qualifications and Training
Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in psychology, sociology, epidemiology (or related, with a large components in quantitative research methods and analysis) at the 2.1 level or above.
A post graduate degree (MSc or equivalent) or equivalent experience, in research methods, epidemiology, social or natural sciences or related field.
1st class undergraduate degree, merit or distinction in post graduate degree

Additional courses in research methods (experimental and quasi-experimental, epidemiology, statistical analysis (statistical theory and using statistical analysis packages such as SPSS, STATA, Minitab, R).

Advanced knowledge of quantitative data management and analysis in SPSS, including managing and analysising data through syntax.

Knowledgeable in applied epidemiological sampling, such as random sampling and/or robust non-random sampling.

Sufficient knowledge in statistical methods, to select appropriate techniques based on study design used, quality of data and practical outcomes of the investigation.

In-depth knowledge of common epidemiological research methods, including approaches such as cross-sectional, time series, longitudinal, experimental and quasi-experimental approaches.

Knowledge of survey design, including psychometric validation of measures such as how to conduct reliability and validation analysis.

Knowledge of advanced quantitative data analysis techniques, such as hierarchical linear modeling, logistic and probate modeling, factor analysis.

Knowledge of innovative quasi- and experimental designs, such as propensity score matching, regression discontinuity designs and cluster randomized controlled trials.

Familiarity with children services or local authorities.

Familiarity with the child development and prevention science literature.

Experience in analysis, managing large data-sets (5,000 case plus), including constructing data collection protocols, cleaning, aggregating and disaggregating data, scoring scales and analysing data.

Experience of developing databases and study protocols.

Experience of designing, conducting and applying research to support practical outcomes.

Experience of identifying policy relevant messages from quantitative data.

Experience of managing a busy workload.

Track record of delivering research findings on time, on budget and to a high standard.

Experience in obtaining ethical consent for research projects.

Experience of communicating technical concepts clearly to lay audiences, such a policy-makers and practitioners.

Experience of developing online databases and surveys for data collection.

Experience of collaborating externally with others from a range of backgrounds such as web-developers, service professionals, policy-makers.

Experience of disseminating research findings to support policy and practice development.

Excellent analytical skills and a systematic approach to problem solving.

Ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Ability to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action to meet deadlines.

Ability to prioritise and plan activities.

Ability to take personal responsibility for work.

Ability to work under pressure.

Excellent written and spoken English.

Excellent presentation skills.

For further details please contact 01803 762400, email your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] or post to Social Research Unit, Lower Hood Barn, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6AB.

Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: £25,000 - £35,000
Location: South West
Closing Date: 04/Jan/2013
Address Details
Address: Social Research Unit
Lower Hood Barn
Postcode: TQ9 6AB
Further Details
Contact Name: Kay Turner
Contact Email Address: [email protected]

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