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Subject:

4 Year Part-Time Research Assistant post, Bristol

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Salvatore Scifo <[log in to unmask]>

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Salvatore Scifo <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 30 Nov 2006 00:44:27 +0000

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Dear All,
this message could interest some people on the list....for further
information please contacted directly the people listed below.

All the best,

Salvo



---- Forwarded message from "Tumber, Howard" <[log in to unmask]> -----
    Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:17:47 -0000
 Subject: 4 Year halftime  research assistant post


Dear All

Please see below details for an RA position on the European Social Survey
project. Please can you pass on to people and lists who may be interested?


Thanks


Professor Howard Tumber
School of Social Sciences
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V OHB
Tel: +44 020 7040 8836

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Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, Four Years

(half-time), on the project 'News Event Cross-National Analysis' within the
framework of the European Social Survey (includes the possibility of additional
Teaching or Doctoral Research (half-time)).



Deadline for Applications: 9am, 15th December

Likely Interview Date: Late December/January

Start Date: ASAP

Scale: 20,842 - 31,525 pro-rata



This post is for 48 months half-time, available from January 1st 2007, or
starting as soon thereafter as feasible. The European Social Survey (the ESS:
http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ <http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/> )
is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the
interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs
and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. The survey covers over 20
nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. It is funded by the
European Commission's 5th and 6th Framework Programmes, the European Science
Foundation and national funding bodies in each country. The ESS is directed by
a Central Co-ordinating Team led by Professor Roger Jowell at the Centre for
Comparative Social Surveys, City University.



The News Event Cross-National Analysis project within ESS involves developing
and applying a method for coding salient political 'events' from newspapers at
times of survey questionnaires. Its aim is to produce a systematic
cross-national control for whether there are key political events that
potentially impact upon responses within specific countries. The proposed
method draws on claims-making analysis, protest event analysis and media
contents analysis approaches for retrieving information from news texts. Some
knowledge and practical experience of quantitative and qualitative media text
analysis approaches as well as survey research would be an asset. This project
is led by Professor Paul Statham (Bristol) and Professor Howard Tumber (City),
as part of a cross-national network of collaborating researchers and
institutions, including ZUMA, University of Athens and SCP Netherlands. The
post will be based at Bristol.



This position is half-time and involves working closely with the principal
investigators on methodological advancement. In addition, the appointee will be
required to manage the establishment of the international network, liaise with
the ESS teams, administer the project on a daily basis, and recruit and
co-ordinate teams of coders locally. In addition, the appointee will be
expected to contribute fully to the advancement of this specific methodological
field, as well as organise and attend international conferences and meetings,
and participate fully in producing academic publications and other outputs.



There is also a possibility for the appointee to undertake either addition
teaching or doctoral research (if relevant) in the Department of Sociology at
the University of Bristol on a half-time basis along side the position. For
doctoral researchers, it would be preferable for the appointee to apply news
text analysis approaches and methods within her/his doctoral research, but the
substantive topic of the doctoral research is open. However, given the location
of the position, interests in an aspect of migration and ethnic relations,
European integration, political communications, media and/or social movements
may be an advantage.



The successful applicant will become part of a team of researchers at the newly
established Bristol Institute for Public Affairs, a purpose-built research
centre, and a member of the Department of Sociology. S/he will be part of the
international research networks collaborating on this research, including the
Centre for European Political Communications (EurPolCom -
http://ics.leeds.ac.uk/eurpolcom/).



Applicants should have training and qualifications in a relevant social science
discipline, equivalent to, or above Masters' level. Practical research
experience with qualitative and quantitative data-sets and knowledge of
research methods is a requirement. Further details on the project are visible
at EurPolCom (http://ics.leeds.ac.uk/eurpolcom/). Further details and an
application form for the post available at www.bristol.ac.uk/vacancies or email
[log in to unmask] quoting ref number 12802.



Job Description:



-         General support for the Director in day-to-day running of the research
project, including responsibility for keeping deadlines, and troubleshooting
with regard to any unforeseen problems

-         Undertaking whatever research activities are deemed necessary by the
Director toward the goal of achieving the stated scientific objectives of the
project

-         Significant intellectual input, including writing of research reports
for the project, and contributions for academic publication in scholarly
journals and project publications

-         Liaison and research collaboration with other members of the national
and international research teams

-         Attending and presenting at national and international research
meetings and conferences

-         Significant contribution to methodological aspects of the research

-         Involvement in the coding, analysis and management of databases

-         Collection of primary and secondary data specified in the project
outline

-         Recruitment and management of temporary coders

-         Organisation of conferences and events related to projects

-         Research administration



Person Specification:



-         Possession (or close to completion of) a Masters, in a relevant social
science discipline

-         Demonstration of ability to conduct research and write up findings

-         Knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative methods,
especially in media and text analysis and/or social surveys

-         Ability to work within a team, and liaise with professionals and other
project partners

-         Communication and presentation skills

-         Organisational and administrative skills

-         Knowledge and experience of coding/analysing data from text sources or
working with data-sets helpful (e.g. SPSS, or Access; plus also www skills),
though necessary training can be provided

-         Knowledge of web design outputs

-         Ability to take initiative, self-manage and contribute intellectually
to the overall project

----- End forwarded message -----



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-- 
Salvatore Scifo
Communications,
MeCCSA Postgraduate Network


Communication and Media Research Institute
School of Media, Arts & Design
University of Westminster
Watford Road, Northwick Park
Harrow
HA1 3TP


MeCCSA Postgraduate Network
http://www.meccsa.org.uk/pgn/

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