Research Fellow in Education at Centre for International Education

School/department: School of Education and Social Work
Hours: full time
Contract: Fixed term until 30 March 2018 
Reference: 2468
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 29 September 2017
Closing date:  13 October 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: week commencing 15 October 2017
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The Centre for International Education (CIE) is looking for a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the Increasing Efficiency and Improving Quality of Secondary Education in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) research project funded by the MasterCard Foundation. The research project will be addressing two fundamental questions: how are secondary schools in SSA making the best use of all allocated resources and to what end? What combination of internal efficiency factors consistently produces the best learning outcomes and what are the implications for reforms in secondary education in Africa?

We wish to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher who will engage in the planning of the qualitative case study research component of the project.  The post holder will assist with the analysis and interpretation of qualitative research findings and contribute to discussions on conclusions and outcomes. The successful candidate will write drafts of the analysis for both academic and policy audiences, and prepare PowerPoint presentations for these audiences. S/he will also liaise with other team members in the project and is expected to travel to Malawi and Uganda as part of the project.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject and have relevant qualitative research training and experience. Applicants should also demonstrate evidence of drafting reports and contributing to writing for publications to a high standard.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post please see the further particulars of the role attached.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Professor Kwame Akyeampong ( before applying.

Download job description and person specification Ref 2468 [PDF 190.79KB]

How to apply

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