Research Assistant

Salary: £29,394 - £34,613
Deadline for applying:
Interview dates: early May
Applications: For any queries, please contact

Research Assistant (Ref: IT000123) – Measurement of Early Child Development (Psychology, Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health)

Fixed-term contract for 18 months, to start as soon as possible.

Given the urgency of filling this post, applications may be reviewed and applicants called for interview prior to the closing date.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Salary scale: £29,394 - £34,613. The post is full time but a job share or part time working would be considered.

Who we are

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) is a London-based research centre dedicated to studying public policy in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries from an economic perspective in order to promote more effective public policy.  It is part of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the UK’s leading independent microeconomics research institute.

EDePo is collaborating with University of Oxford where the post will be based.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join two projects developing cohort work.  The projects are:

1. A British Academy funded project to develop new Early Childhood Development cohort in a LMIC country; and

2. a European Research Council funded project analysing data from UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) alongside parenting and early child development data from a further eleven sites across low-high income countries in close collaboration with Professor Marc Bornstein at National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The projects are being conducted collaboratively by the IFS and Oxford University, and are led by Professor Orazio Attanasio, Research Director at IFS.  Alan Stein, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford is also an applicant.

The post-holder will be embedded within the academic team under the supervision of Professor Alan Stein.  The Post-holder will work closely with a small international team.


The successful applicant will be required to:

  • conduct literature reviews;
  • carry out statistical analysis of longitudinal data and large data sets;
  • write reports on findings for Investigators involved in the research and contribute to the writing of grant applications;
  • write manuscripts for peer reviewed publications;
  • carry out collaborative projects with partner institutions (this will include one trip to the US of at least one week duration and possibly one or two trips to another country where data collection is underway); and
  • draft ethics applications.



  • Masters degree or equivalent experience in psychology, statistics, epidemiology or other relevant discipline
  • Experience of statistical analysis
  • Experience of early child development research measures and methods
  • Experience of conducting literature reviews
  • Academic interest in the development of early child development measures and human capital in LMICs
  • Works well in a team
  • Willing and able to travel abroad on 1-3 occasions over the duration of the post


  • Experience of analysing longitudinal data or large datasets
  • Experience of early child development research measures and methods in LMIC
  • Knowledge of cognitive, language and emotional development measures used in early childhood in LMICs
  • Experience of writing applications for research funding or related proposals

Starting date and location

The successful candidate will be able to start as soon as possible and the work is expected to last for 18 months based at University of Oxford.


The successful candidate will be paid between £29,394 and £34,613, depending on experience.

Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the role and include the names of two academic referees who could be approached.  Please send your application to quoting the reference IT00123 in the subject line by 5 May 2017.

Interviews will to be held in Oxford in early May.