Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
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Research Associate

Vacancy Reference 6466BR

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The successful candidate will contribute, in particular, to the statistical analysis of linked administrative data-sets that incorporate information held by Careers Wales on the services which it has provided to its clients.  It is envisaged that this data will be combined with other sources of data such as school records, participation in post compulsory education within both the FE and HE sectors and potentially information related to labour market outcomes. It is envisaged that the analysis of linked administrative data will encompass Counterfactual Impact Evaluation methodologies.  In undertaking this research, the post holder will also assess the quality of data held by Careers Wales and will inform recommendations to improve data collection methods, analysis processes and service directions for Careers Wales to effectively obtain their strategic aims.  The appointee will be required to work closely with other members of the project team both within WISERD, ADRC-Wales and Careers Wales.

Location:  The successful candidate will be based within WISERD at Cardiff University.

The post is full-time and is fixed-term until 30th September 2019.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6)

For informal enquiries contact Rhys Davies,, Telephone 029 20870328

Job Description

To undertake research on the effectiveness of careers guidance interventions in Wales in supporting participation in education, training and employment based upon the statistical analysis of linked administrative data available through the Wales Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC-Wales) and to examine how the use of such data can enhance service delivery.  The post holder will contribute to the overall research performance of WISERD, the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals.


  • To conduct statistical research with the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-Wales) and contribute to the overall research performance of WISERD, the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences.
  • To prepare written reports aimed to communicate the results of the analysis to both academics and Careers Wales officials
  • Undertake the preparation and secondary analysis of large-scale complex linked data-set that incorporates data from Careers Wales within ADRC-Wales secure environments utilising a variety of multivariate techniques.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for future funding applications surrounding labour market interventions in Wales to support the continuation of this programme of work.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project, liasing with colleagues at Careers Wales, attending relevant meetings  and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature related to the effectiveness of careers guidance and labour market interventions
  • To participate in WISERD research activities including workshops, seminars and appropriate networks.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the Institute’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the Institute and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in the Institute’s administration and activities to promote the institute and its work to the wider University and the outside world (including the ADRC-Wales centre).
  • Contribute and support the promotion of ADRC-Wales research resources in the area of education and employment.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  1. A PhD in a quantitative social science discipline or other relevant equivalent research experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
  1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
    • Labour Markets
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Analysis of large complex datasets
    • Data Management
  2. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
  3. A demonstrable history of contributing to publications such as academic articles or commissioned reports in a relevant area of social science.
  4. Evidence of active engagement in designing research and writing or contributing to writing applications for external funding
  5. Excellent ICT skills including MS Office Suite and practical experience of statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, R or SAS.
Communication and Team Working 
  1. Excellent communication skills with a well-developed ability to liaise with colleagues, external collaborators and research partners, often at a variety levels
  2. Excellent organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritise and meet deadlines with the framework of an agreed programme.
  1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work



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