Postdoctoral Research Position

August 09, 2022

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position working with Prof. Lasana Harris (Department of Experimental Psychology), Dr. Saffron Woodcraft (Institute for Global Prosperity) at UCL and Dr. Saite Lu at Oxford University and Dr. Nonso Nnamoko at Edge Hill University on the Nuffield Foundation and British Academy funded project, ‘Using Administrative Data to Understand Community Well-Being’, which investigates the feasibility of using existing administrative local government data to understand community well-being. The project is part of the Understand Communities initiative, which aims to improve individual and community well-being.

The post-holder will have primary responsibility for: performing scoping literature reviews, coordinating ethics workshops and advisory group meetings, programming an algorithm to synthesise big administrative data, evaluating the utility of the algorithm, and preparing findings for publication in academic journals and policy white papers.

This post is funded for 12 months in the first instance.

Applicants should have either a PhD in the Social Sciences, Computer Science, or a related Behavioural Science discipline. The applicant should have a good grounding in data science and programming, public policy, or behavioural science to apply facilitate a better understanding of community well-being. The ideal candidate must have strong programming skills, experience in data analysis/representation (using Java/C++/Python or similar languages) and working knowledge of SQL and NoSQL databases (MariaDB and MongoDB). The applicant will have demonstrated expertise in using quantitative methods and statistical skills in data analysis. The applicant should have a proven record of running research projects, independent work, excellent organisational and interpersonal skills.

The applicant should have an ability to rapidly build rapport with academics, community stake-holders, and policy-makers.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B salary £32,217- £ 33,958 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applications should include a covering letter and CV.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

For informal queries about the position, please contact Prof. Lasana Harris ().

For information about the application process, please contact: Sonia Theodoric () or Veronia McConochie ()

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

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