Senior Research Fellow

University of Nottingham

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Mathematical Sciences
Location:  Jubilee Campus

£44,263 to £56,021
per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Monday 04 December 2023
Reference:  SCI522923

We are looking for an experienced researcher whose expertise lies in the statistical analysis of education data, to work in the Observatory for Mathematical Education.  The Observatory for Mathematical Education is a collaboration between the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Education and will generate state-of-the-art, evidence-driven, and policy-relevant research to improve mathematics education, learner outcomes and longer-term benefits for individuals and society.  Its remit stretches through primary and secondary education, to undergraduate study and postgraduate research in mathematics. 

Within the Observatory, the Data Lab will explore how learner pathways and outcomes in mathematics education are impacted by social background, institutions, locations, policies, interventions, time, curriculum, teaching, parents and peer groups, through the analysis of secondary datasets (e.g. the National Pupil Database) and primary data generated by the Observatory’s longitudinal cohort studies. 

We believe that our talented and inclusive teams deliver the highest quality research and are seeking applications from quality candidates who enhance the diversity of our existing team. The Observatory is committed to creating opportunities for people traditionally under-represented in mathematical education research and strives to maintain an environment where people can be their authentic selves. 

You will be able to carry out research of a high standard, and evidence, through your experience, how you will undertake original research of international excellence. It will be key that you prepare you work for publication in leading journals, and contribute to its distribution at national and international meetings.  

This position is available from 1st January 2024 [or as soon as possible thereafter]. This is a permanent with underlying funding role until 31st October 2028. With the possibility of extension dependent on funding. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered. Many of our team have flexible working patterns so we’re open to discussing flexible working arrangements with you.  Data will need to be accessed via the Observatory’s Data Lab on Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham.  

If it sounds like you would be a good fit, we look forward to hearing from you. 

Interviews will take place week commencing 18th December 2023.

For more information about the Observatory see:  

 For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Education see:  and  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Chris Brignell email: [email protected]. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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