Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7077629 (Ref:LUBSC1517)

Posted: April 26, 2021

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in the social sciences with strong quantitative data analysis skills?  Are you broadly interested in gender relations and gender inequalities in education, work, employment and/or care? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced quantitative social scientist to contribute to a new study in the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the Fatherhood Institute. Funded by the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, the study will explore how fathers’ childcare involvement influences children’s educational attainment as they progress through primary school using longitudinal data from the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) linked with the secure administrative data from the National Pupil Database (NPD) in England. The aim is to identify whether, how and at what stage fathers’ childcare involvement may be most important for fostering children’s education relative to other factors that have been shown to affect educational progression such as gender and socio-economic status. The successful candidate will be based in CERIC - a leading research centre investigating the changing nature of work and employment and employment relations, housing a critical mass of internationally regarded researchers that produce intellectually challenging work with genuine policy and practitioner impact.

The project will involve the candidate working with secure administrative data from the NPD. They will be required to (i) explore and clean educational data within the UK Data Service’s secure lab environment; (ii) develop quantitative measures of educational attainment as well as (iii) quantitative measures of paternal and maternal childcare involvement using longitudinal data from the MCS. They will then use these measures in statistical analysis (e.g. regression and structural equation models) to predict educational attainment at different stages of primary school. The candidate will work directly with the PI to analyse the findings and evaluate the next steps for the statistical analysis. They will also be required to participate in consultation events with stakeholders and policy makers, to help contextualise the results, and present and discuss the findings. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to academic papers and stakeholder reports.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Helen Norman, Senior Research Fellow

Email: h.norman@leeds.ac.uk

Your application should include:

    A covering letter

    Your CV

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Business
School/Institute:  Leeds University Business School
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
It is likely that no appointment will be made no higher than £38,017 p.a. due to funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 30 November 2022)
Release Date:  Friday 23 April 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 10 May 2021
Interview Date:  Thursday 03 June 2021
Reference:  LUBSC1517

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Job posting number:#7077629 (Ref:LUBSC1517)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Leeds
United Kingdom
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