Research Associate - School of Education

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31,604 per annum
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
03 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate
School: Education (
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (
Staff Category    Research
Reference No    114202
Reports To    Head of School, through Dr Markus Klein
Grade:    7
Salary:    £31,604 per annum 
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (Until 28 February 2020)
FTE:    1 (Full time)
Closing Date    Sunday, 6 May 2018

The School of Education at the University of Strathclyde is seeking to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated  full-time Research Associate on a fixed term basis  from September 2018 until 28 February 2020, to contribute to the innovative and cutting-edge ESRC funded ‘Social inequalities in educational attainment: an investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism’ project. This secondary data analysis project will draw on the rich Scottish Longitudinal Study to investigate whether different forms of school absenteeism such as truancy contribute to explaining social inequalities in educational attainment and post school destinations.  It will further explore whether family background moderates the relationship between school absenteeism, educational attainment and post-school destinations.

The post holder will work with a stimulating intellectual and scientific team of social scientists who apply innovative theories and methodologies to investigate key real world educational problems such as social inequalities.

The role will involve  travelling to the Safe Setting place at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh to undertake data management and analysis of the large-scale Scottish longitudinal study which links various administrative and census datasets. The successful candidate will apply state of the art theoretical models in social science and advanced quantitative techniques using longitudinal data. They will also contribute to a systematic literature review, knowledge exchange activities and writing of progress of reports, manuscripts and any other duties that may be assigned by the Project Leader. 

A Good Honours degree and PhD (or equivalent professional experience) in an appropriate discipline are essential such as psychology, sociology, education, economics or health sciences, as is experience of using large scale longitudinal data, and advanced quantitative methods. Other essential requirements include the ability to write papers for publication; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to work under pressure and driven to deliver results; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.   

Candidates should be available to take up post in September 2018.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Other Information

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Markus Klein, Lecturer in the School of Education (


Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on Monday, 4 June 2018.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.