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Research Associate - Parents and Children Together (PACT) Project
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-016751

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/05/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Education

Hours Per Week: full time

Contract Duration: 27 months

School / Directorate: School of Environment, Education & Development

We are looking for an ambitious and motivated Research Associate to work on the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funded Parents and Children Together (PACT) Project. PACT-3 is a Randomised Controlled Trial of a parent-delivered language teaching programme for pre-school children at risk of language delays. Further information about the project is available on the project website:

This project offers an exciting opportunity for you to develop your research skills on a large-scale Randomised Controlled Trial of a parent-delivered early language teaching programme. Under the guidance of the Principle Investigator, Dr Kelly Burgoyne, you will be responsible for key aspects of the project including co-ordinating research activities across approximately 50 schools and 500 children and their families across the North-West; overseeing data collection with young children (3-5 years old), and scoring and entering assessment data; training and supporting parents and school staff to use the teaching programme; and writing up results and supporting dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Psychology and experience of conducting language research with children.  You will be skilled in using a range of software packages (e.g. MS Office; SPSS) and have knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods. With the support of the PI, you will be required to manage your own workload and prioritise tasks. You will have excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with project partners and participants and ensure clear communication throughout. Good problem solving and decision making skills are needed to make day to day decisions and overcome potential challenges. Although the post is based in Manchester, the role will require some travel across the North-West to visit schools. Some occasional evening and weekend working may be required.   The appointment will be subject to successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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