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Post Doctoral Research Associate (Statistical Analysis)

The Role Durham University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a full-time basis to work with Professor Vikki Boliver on the UK component of a NORFACE funded research project entitled Life-Course Dynamics of Educational Tracking (LIFETRACK).

The wider LIFETRACK project led by Professor Steffen Schindler at the University of Bamberg involves a comparative quantitative analysis of harmonized life-course datasets for six European countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK. The project aims to answer the following question: how and why do different educational systems, and in particular their various modes of educational tracking and sorting, influence the formation and reproduction of social inequalities over the life course?



The responsibilities of the postholder will be to:

1. Gather and process materials required to undertake literature reviews, using skills in bibliographic search management

2. Write literature reviews and commentaries

3. Acquire the necessary datasets

4. Clean and validate the data in preparation for its analysis

5. Undertake the analysis of large secondary datasets using advanced methods of statistical analysis

6. Analyse and interpret data in order to produce results that will inform reports and publications

7. Participate on the writing up of the research in report form and work on the production of jointly authored academic publications

8. Report and disseminate research findings to a range of audiences

9. Travel abroad to participate in meetings of the wider project team and to visit collaborator institutions

10. Promptly and efficiently contribute to the overall project as a team member dealing with correspondence from the project, research contacts, participants, the advisory board, etc.

11. Provide the project leader with regular updates on the progress of the project

12. Work independently and as part of a team as required


Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 01 January 2018, however a later start date can be negotiated. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) based on Old Elvet in Durham. The postholder will report to Professor Vikki Boliver


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