Research Assistant in Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning

University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Assistant, to work on a research project in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL).

The post holder will have a key role in the data collection for a follow-up study of families with children aged 6 to 8 years of age. The follow-up study extends upon families' earlier participation in the Healthy Start, Happy Start study, a randomised controlled trial of a video-feedback parenting intervention delivered to caregivers when their children were 1-3 years old. The postholder will be part of the PEDAL Research Centre, led by Professor Paul Ramchandani.

The post-holder will collect data related to parenting, parent-child interaction, and children's behaviour and development. The post will involve significant work at evenings and weekends and travel across London, Oxfordshire, Peterborough, and Hertfordshire as a necessary part of the post.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in developmental psychology or a closely related field. They will have experience working closely with children and families, ideally including in a research setting. The postholder will be highly organised and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Please note that we are also recruiting to a part-time Research Assistant post. If you are interested in part-time hours please refer to job reference JR28845.

Fixed-term: The appointment is funded directly by the project and funds are available from 01 March 2022 until 28 February 2023 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Faculty.

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Please ensure that you upload a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of application indicating how you would contribute to the responsibilities of the post.

We hope to hold interviews week commencing 10 January 2022.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani (

Please quote reference JR28846 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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