Join us! Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2 years)

21 Apr 2021
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We are looking for an ambitious post-doctoral Research Fellow with experience in empirical social science to join a research project examining the emergence of data scientific biology in education (2 years, full time).

Research Fellow - Leverhulme Trust Project

The Research Fellow will join a research team of investigators at the universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham to undertake a social science analysis of the impact of new data science techniques on the production of biological knowledge about learning and education. The post-holder will examine novel data-intensive developments in genomics, neuroscience, and biometrics, their use in scientific research and digital applications in the field of education, and the wider social and ethical implications of deploying data science and biology in a key area of public policy. Funded by a 24 month research project grant from the Leverhulme Trust and based at the Centre for Research in Digital Education, the Research Fellow will employ social science mixed methods including literature reviews, qualitative interviews, social network analysis, and digital textual analysis of a range of documentary and empirical data. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an innovative project, contribute to all aspects of research, data collection, analysis and publication, and develop mixed methods research experience and expertise. It is anticipated the role will involve some international travel for fieldwork and dissemination at international conferences.


· A PhD in a relevant discipline for mixed methods social science research (e.g. sociology, science and technology studies, human geography, education studies)

· Experience of carrying out independent qualitative fieldwork and training in or ability to develop digital methods of data collection and analysis

· Knowledge of recent relevant social science research literature on data science and/or the bio-sciences

· Enthusiasm to engage critically with recent developments in education and biology

Update Feb 2022: This vacancy has been filled