Assistant Professor of Education

University of Cambridge

The Faculty of Education is looking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Education, with specific expertise in Quantitative Methodologies. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding knowledge and understanding of the applications of quantitative research methodologies in the field of educational research. In addition, the successful candidate must demonstrate extensive experience with the teaching of a range of quantitative research topics in education, including quantitative research designs, quantification and validation of concepts, sampling and data collection, and quantitative methods of analysis, among others. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how they communicate effectively, and to diverse audiences, both aspects related to their educational field and how this is explored using quantitative methods.

The Faculty is particularly looking for candidates who have expertise engaging with diverse forms of quantitative data to understand the central role of education in addressing challenges facing societies today. This might include data from large scale surveys, learning assessments, administrative data, unstructured data such as that generated from social media, or other forms of data whose exploration requires the use of quantitative methods.

Candidates are required to demonstrate that their research falls substantively within the field of education. This may include researching the processes and outcomes of teaching and/or learning, the ways in which learners engage with their social world, as well as the role of systems and institutions within education. We are particularly interested in candidates that have demonstrated that their research has implications for educational policy and/or practice the UK and/or internationally, commensurate with the stage of their career. The candidate's theoretical or disciplinary orientations used in engaging with educational research with quantitative methodologies may include, among others, perspectives from the arts and humanities, including literature and literacy; or the social sciences, including economics, sociology, or psychology.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Faculty's undergraduate degree (Tripos), graduate programmes at Masters and Doctoral levels, and PGCE and practitioner professional development routes. This contribution will include a substantial component of teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate audiences at basic, intermediate, and advanced/specialist statistics level in the Faculty and beyond, and may include the coordination of relevant courses.

Please note, this position is available from 1 September 2024.

Conversations about flexible working are encouraged at the University of Cambridge. Please feel free to discuss flexibility prior to applying (using the contact information below) or at interview if your application is successful.

We particularly encourage candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, and/or those with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at this level within our University.

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Please ensure that you upload the following when applying: (i) a detailed curriculum vitae including an up-to-date publications list; (ii) a letter of application detailing how you meet the essential criteria for the post and any desirable criteria you may meet (up to 2 pages, minimum font size 11); (iii) a statement demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace or institution (up to 1 page, minimum font size 11).

Please read carefully the attached further particulars (see link at bottom of advert) which give essential and desirable criteria of the post, and information about working for the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Presentations and Interviews are scheduled to be held on 30 & 31 May 2024.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Pauline Rose (

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The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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