Research Assistant Keele University 2021

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RA Data Analysis ‘21
Type Job
Categories (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2021/01/19 - 2021/01/27
Abstract due
Submission deadline 2021/01/27
Final version due
Notification date
Tweet Paid Research Assistant opportunity at Keele University. Applications close 27th January 2021. Please email Dr. Alexandra Kent at to express interest. More info on #emca #EMCA
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Paid Research Assistant in Data Analysis using Conversation Analysis at Keele University 2021:


Jo Meredith (Wolverhampton Uni) and I (Alexandra Kent, Keele University) are seeking a Research Assistant. The post covers up to 280 hours work (40 days) at £15.52 p/h, starting as soon as possible. The post might suit a current / recently completed PhD Researcher or someone with similar experience with Conversation Analysis.

Project Title: Digital 101: Opening social media interactions with the police

The research project will focus on the first few turns of a social media conversation to explore how the participants articulate and respond to the reason for the contact and establish shared norms and expectations for how the conversation will be organised. A key area for analytic attention will be how we (participants and analysts) distinguish between a new conversation and the reawakening of a lapsed conversation and the potential implications of this for police chat-handlers.

Description of Duties: Research Assistant - Data Analysis. The post holder will lead the analysis and support the preparation of outputs on the Digital 101 research project. Duties will include: Co-ordinating and conducting the analysis of the data in line with the Project's research questions using Conversation Analysis. Participating in project team meetings (including co-ordinating data sessions with co-researchers) Liaising with the Anonymisation Research Assistant over data fidelity and viability Supporting Co-Researchers with the preparation of the final project report and material for the training workshop Other appropriate tasks assigned by the Researchers

We anticipate that all the work can be done remotely. However, you would need to visit Keele University to collect/return the data. You will need to pass Police vetting before you can begin work on the project.

Our preference is for the post holder to work full time (or close to full time) for a concentrated period. However, we are able to be flexible so please do let us know what your time commitment would be when expressing your interest. All working arrangements will be considered.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with either Jo or I if you have any questions at all about the project or the post.

Closing date for expressions of interest: 27th January 2021. Please email to express your interest. Depending on the level of interest we may need to ask further questions or interview a shortlist of candidates. If this happens, interviews will take place between 3rd-10th February 2021 and we will notify candidates of our decision as soon as possible.