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Postdoctoral Research Assistant **Internal Only** - QMUL22317

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22317
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 08-Jun-2020
Closing date: 09-Jul-2020

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A Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr Isabelle Mareschal’s group, to conduct a qualitative study of how children’s learning and education are influenced by participation in a non-formal education intervention and to examine how an education intervention can best be developed and implemented in humanitarian crisis contexts. This position will be co-supervised by Dr Kristin Hadfield (Trinity College, Dublin), and is in collaboration with Drs. Amal Alkharouf (University of Jordan) and Sophie von Stumm (University of York), as well as with the NGO Taghyeer Foundation (

The post-holder will conduct qualitative research into education promotion and effective intervention development in refugee children in Jordan. They will be based at Queen Mary, but will travel to Jordan twice, for a total period of approximately 5 weeks. They will conduct semi-structured interviews with adults and children in Amman and Za’atari refugee camp, and then transcribe, translate, and analyse those interviews. They will join a team of academics in three countries who are examining how children’s education and learning are impacted in humanitarian crisis contexts.

The successful candidate should have an Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience. The candidate should have experience leading a research project (either qualitative or quantitative), including collection and analysis of data. Because the project involves one-on-one interviews in Jordan, fluency in Arabic and a familiarity with Jordanian and Syrian cultural contexts is required. The successful applicant must be willing to conduct one-on-one interviews with adults and children in Jordan in safe but challenging environments with limited supervision. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team, excellent research management skills, flexibility, and written and oral communication skills. Experience leading a qualitative study – including designing and conducting interviews, transcription, and data analysis (particularly grounded theory and/or thematic analysis) – would be an asset.

Candidates must be able to travel to Jordan. Visa costs for travel to Jordan will be covered by grant funds.

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we have fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it is simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK. We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 12 months, with an expected start date of January 2021. The salary will be Grade 4 and starting on £33,324, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries are welcomed. They may be made to Drs. Isabelle Mareschal and Kristin Hadfield via e-mail at and

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The closing date for applications is 26 November 2020.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities, and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles, we strongly encourage applications from women.

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