Job offer in london Senior Research Associate at University College London

The Centre for Learning and Life Changes (LLAKES) is an ESRC-funded research centre which investigates the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion, and in mediating the interactions between the two.

Key areas of research include: i) the social and cultural foundations of learning, knowledge production and transfer, and innovation, within the context of a changing economy; and ii) the effects of knowledge and skill distribution on income equality, social cohesion, and economic competitiveness.

The Centre has a programme of multi-disciplinary and mixed-method research which addresses these issues at the level of the individual life course, through studies of city-regions and sectors in the UK, and through comparative analysis across OECD countries.

LLAKES aims to work with policymakers, education and training professionals, employers, trade unions, and other interested parties to improve the way in which national and international research evidence is shared and used.

To find out more about LLAKES, including information on research undertaken and publications produced, please go to the LLAKES website at

The Research Associate will work with existing members of LLAKES staff to analyse both existing secondary datasets, and the new qualitative and quantitative datasets produced by the LLAKES projects to date.

S/he will write up the results of LLAKES Centre research, producing research reports and other academic publications; identify policy implications and recommendations; develop new ideas for publications; and contribute to the Centre’s programme of dissemination events and activities, including the preparation of impact studies for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

S/he will support the LLAKES Director and other members of the Centre by initiating plans for new projects, and by drawing up applications for additional research funding.

The appointment is available from August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter and is funded for 18 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have completed a Social Sciences Doctorate in either mixed-method Sociology or Labour Market Economics.

S/he will have a proven background in quantitative research methods and in the multivariate analysis of large datasets. S/he will be an experienced and confident communicator of research findings to academic audiences and to a range of other actual and potential stakeholders in the LLAKES Centre’s research findings. The post holder will be accustomed to managing research funding, will be able to work independently to meet set deadlines, and will contribute positively to the research profile of the host Department.

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of our page.

UCL vacancy reference: 1642855

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

For further details about this post please email Professor Andy Green (

Closing Date: 13 May 2017.

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

Interview Date: TBC.

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