Researcher on the Reading Peer Review projec

London (GB)
08 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Educating Busy Londoners
School of Arts

Ref: 12316
Part-time, fixed-term for 12 months

We seek to appoint two Researchers on the Reading Peer Review project. The project, entitled ‘Reading Peer Review,’ will analyse the role of peer review in the research cycle to develop better ways of using expert opinion to assess and improve the literature available. It will investigate the peer review database at PLOS ONE, the largest scientific journal in the world. The reports, which will be strictly anonymised and treated as confidential, will be examined using a range of close-reading, distant-reading and stylometric approaches.

The Researchers will primarily be responsible for tagging a text corpus of peer-review reports and coordinating between themselves, and colleagues in Canada, to ensure consistency of tagging. Specific duties will include reading peer review reports and marking them up with both section tags (i.e. “methodology” for a sentence that comments on methodology) and sentiment (-10 for terrible and +10 for extremely positive). There will be an initial training period followed by independent working and coordination among the group.

Candidates will need an understanding of academic peer review. Experience of writing or reading reports would be beneficial, but is not required. The job will require a patient individual who appreciates attention to detail.

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,169 rising to £42,483 pro rata per annum.

This post is part-time/variable time and fixed term for 12 months. The salary quoted above will be pro-rata for this part time post and is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 1 October 2017

Interviews will be held in October 2017

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, operating the Two Ticks scheme, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.