Research Assistant - School of Arts & Social Sciences

(£) 34804 to 36914
Jun 12, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jul 02, 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Assistant (Permanent with funding until 31st May 2021)

Reference Number 60030806

Location Northampton Square

School / Service School of Arts & Social Sciences

Department European Social Survey

Contract Duration Permanent

Hours Full-time

Salary Range (£) 34804 to 36914


Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

The School of Arts & Social Sciences is an internationally excellent centre of research and learning on the human condition in all its dimensions. It is a large and vibrant School with around 3,000 students (one third postgraduate) and over 250 staff across seven departments. The School aims to attract outstanding members of academic staff who will produce world-leading research of benefit to society; provide innovative and exciting programmes of study; and enrich the lives and enhance the career prospects of its students.

The Headquarters of the European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) is an independent research unit in the School of Arts and Social Science at City, University of London. It oversees the development and implementation of further rounds of the European Social Survey, and its infrastructure programme.

We are looking to appoint a research assistant with an interest in social surveys to join the pan-European team coordinating the European Social Survey (ESS).


The post offers an excellent opportunity for someone with an interest in survey methodology to work alongside leading survey methodologists and take an active role in helping to design and deliver this prestigious cross-national survey.

The successful candidate will be involved in questionnaire design and pre-testing, fieldwork monitoring and a range of other survey-related tasks in preparation for ESS Round 10. They will also be expected to conduct analysis of ESS data in response to substantive or methodological research questions and take on some administrative duties to help in the smooth running of the project. There will be opportunities to co-author research papers and presentations.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a good first degree and an interest in survey methodology. They should have practical experience of questionnaire design, fieldwork monitoring and other survey-related tasks. They will be able to work independently as well as in a large distributed team, have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and have excellent analytical and organisational skills.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm, 2nd July 2020

The role is available from August 2020

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