Vacancy: Principal Research Associate (MCS Principal Investigator)

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The IOE’s Department of Social Science are looking for someone with a proven track record of social science publications based on analysis of large scale longitudinal data sets alongside a substantive interest of clear relevance to the MCS study, for example in adolescence and/or transitions in young adult life. He/she will also have a record of success in securing external research funding from a range of sources e.g. from the Research Councils and from Government departments. Strong communication and management skills are also essential

This post is based in the IOE’s Department of Social Science, where CLOSER is also based. This post is not based in CLOSER.

Reference: 1512831

Closing Date: 19 Nov 2015. Latest time for the submission of applications 23.59

Interview date: 10th December 2015

A job description and person specification can be accessed on the UCL job page.

Salary will be at Grade 9 in the range £53,119 – £57,760 per annum pro rata, including London Allowance

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Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Social Science (DSS) conducts world-leading multidisciplinary research and postgraduate teaching and manages some of the UK’s major longitudinal data resources. DSS houses the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), an ESRC Resource Centre. CLS has responsibility for and manages four of Britain’s internationally renowned birth cohort studies:

  • 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)
  • 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)
  • Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
  • Next Steps (formerly LSYPE)

CLS works closely with the Quantitative Social Science (QSS) team and the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) team, both of whom are also housed in DSS. Together, we specialise in applying advanced quantitative methods to large scale data sets to produce high quality research and inform policy in areas such as education, health, labour markets, child development, and child and adult wellbeing.

MCS is a longitudinal birth cohort study of over 19,000 children born in 2000/2001, who are being followed over time. They were first surveyed at age 9 months, and have since been visited at ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14 (in field during 2015). Data are gathered mainly through interviews with both co-resident parents and cohort members (since age 7). Longitudinal data from the study form an outstanding multi-disciplinary research resource used by researchers across the world. We are seeking a Principal Investigator (PI) to cover a period of maternity leave by the current post holder (Prof. Emla Fitzsimons).

The next survey of the cohort (MCS7) will take place in 2018, when study members are aged 17. The successful candidate will take the lead in the scientific development work for this survey during the appointment period and will manage the team responsible for it at CLS. The consultative conference for this survey is taking place in November 2015, and a Scientific Advisory Group consisting of five academics has been formed to play a role in advising the PI on content and development. The age 17 survey is expected to be a face-to-face interview with core funding from ESRC. The appointed candidate will be expected to raise co-funding for the age 17 survey, capitalising on the relationships that have already been forged with Government departments.

The post is to undertake specific maternity leave cover the duration of which is dependent upon completion of the cover, return of the post holder or cessation of the funding, whichever is the sooner. In the first instance the cover is estimated to be from 4th January 2016 through to 5th September 2016.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a track record of social science publications based on analysis of large scale longitudinal data sets alongside a substantive interest of clear relevance to the MCS study, for example in adolescence and/or transitions in young adult life. He/she will also have a record of success in securing external research funding from a range of sources e.g. from the Research Councils and from Government departments. Strong communication and management skills are also essential.

Further Details

For further details about this post please email jobs@ioe.ac.uk or call 020 7612 6159.

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