Research Fellow - Development Engagement Lab - International Development Department

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£30,395.00 - £42,036.00
Posted
Aug 20, 2019
Closes
Sep 19, 2019
Ref
115113
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Position Details

School of Government and Society

International Development Department

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

Fixed term for 48 Months

Closing Date: 2nd September 2019

Job Purpose

The postholder will work with Professor David Hudson, co-Investigator of the Development Engagement Lab, and the rest of the research team based at University College London to deliver the project goals. The Development Engagement Lab is a multi-year (2018-2023), cross-national investigation of the drivers of engagement with development and overseas aid in four donor countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

Main duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Work with the research team and relevant stakeholders to produce and manage the project's data, including, questionnaire design including item wording and testing, design of experiments, qualitative research plans, and data management
  • Work with the research team and the relevant stakeholders to analyse project data, including data visualisation, statistical modelling, or other analytical approaches
  • Contribute towards the project's policy briefs, thematic reports, presentation decks, blogs, and other outputs
  • Collaborate in the preparation of research publications to co-author and single-author the project's findings in world leading academic journals
  • Present papers at appropriate scholarly conferences, stakeholder gatherings and other meetings
  • Work with project partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries to effectively disseminate findings through presentations, meetings, blogposts, briefs, social media, etc.
  • Coordinate with the relevant project partners and country consultants to support their research needs
  • Contribute towards the administration and organisation of project and partner meetings and other events
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines


Person Specification

Essential
  • A PhD degree (or nearing completion) in political science, international development, psychology or related discipline
  • Evidence of high-quality publications in leading international outlets
  • A research agenda and interest in public/elite opinion, attitude/behavioural change, international development, official development assistance, sustainable development, political/public engagement
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative research methods (e.g. survey research design and methods; panel data; dynamic modelling; multi-level and measurement models)
  • Experimental/non-experimental research design
  • Ability to use data visualization techniques to convey key research findings in an effective, accurate, attractive and professional manner
  • Ability to use statistical software, i.e. R or Stata
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and methods training
  • Evidence of English proficiency at an advanced level
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly in writing and verbally
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort


Desirable
  • Interest and ability to draw connections between academic research and real-world challenges related to public engagement with global development
  • Ability to work with a range of international stakeholders: academics, NGOs, government agencies, funding bodies
  • Experience with feeding research into policy-making or other forms of real-world impact
  • Ability to speak French and/or German
  • Experience using and managing social media to promote research with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Experience with line management and/or supervising PhD students

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor David Hudson: d.e.hudson@bham.ac.uk

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