Post Type: Education, Research & Enterprise | Faculty/PSG: Social & Human Sciences | Division/Prof Service: Social Sciences | Section: Third Sector Research Centre | Location: Highfield Campus | Closing Date: 04 Apr 2013 |
We are seeking a quantitative researcher for 10 months - ending no later than 31st August 2014 - to work on an ESRC funded project entitled ‘Continuity and change in volunteering through times of economic prosperity and adversity: a mixed methods longitudinal secondary analysis’. The study seeks to examine individuals’ understandings of and attitudes towards volunteering, reported volunteering behaviours, and views on the role of the state and voluntarism in responding to need, during the period 1981-2012.

This research project will bring together qualitative panel data, drawn from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) - a citizens’ writing project where individuals respond to themed questions or ‘directives’ - with panel data and cross-sectional data drawn from the British Household Panel Survey/ Understanding Society (BHPS/US), the General Lifestyle Survey (GLS) and the British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA).  The post-holder will take responsibility for the delivery of the quantitative component of this innovative, mixed-method, longitudinal study

You will have postgraduate training in quantitative social sciences (e.g. sociology, social statistics, social policy, politics or a relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component), a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field (eg social policy, sociology, politics), knowledge and experience of using large-scale databases in research projects, good quantitative skills and experience of applying relevant statistical techniques in research. Knowledge of current developments in the UK third sector and knowledge of UK data sources is desirable but not mandatory.

You will be an enthusiastic researcher, with an interest and enthusiasm for the substantive and mixed-method aims of the project. You will be able to work both collaboratively and independently within a small mixed-methods team. You will also be able to communicate quantitative concepts and findings to colleagues with different methodological expertise.

The post will be based in the School of Social Sciences on the main Southampton University campus at Highfield. Occasional travel within the UK will be required.  Applications for part-time work on this post will be considered.

If you wish to make informal inquiries about the post, please contact Dr Sarah Bulloch via email S.L.Bulloch@soton.ac.uk  or Dr Rose Lindsey R.Lindsey@soton.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 4 April 2013. Please apply online via www.jobs.soton.ac.uk and quote reference 209813CC on all correspondence.

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