Research Associate, UCL, Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Project

The post holder will be required to carry out research on user behaviour of humanities scholars and the general public, with specific reference to reading and information use in both digital and physical environments. This work will feed into the overall research of the INKE project, which aims to design new digital environments to support reading and research in the humanities and beyond. Further information about the project is available at

The post will involve conducting qualitative studies and recording, analysing and writing up the results as part of a research team at UCL and collaborating with the INKE team at various universities in Canada and North America. A range of techniques will be used ranging from interviews, surveys and user workshops through to the studies of working practices and the use of technologies using ethnological methods such as observation and diary studies, both written and on video, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

• To contribute to the design of qualitative techniques (interviews, focus groups, diary studies) to study use of social networking by academics.
• To carry out interviews, observations and diary studies with academics at UCL and the general public.
• To help design, organize and run workshops.
• To record, analyse and write up the results of interviews, studies, written material and the workshops.
• To prepare and present findings of research activity to colleagues for review purposes.
• To attend research team meetings, whether at UCL, online or internationally.
• To submit papers to appropriate peer reviewed journals and attend and present findings at appropriate conferences.
• To prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
• To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
• To undertake a limited amount of teaching in relation to the subject area.
• If duties and responsibilities change, the job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the post holder.
• The post holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager or Head of Department.
• The post holder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
• The post holder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.

Salary range: UCL Grade 7, spine point 29, £31,778 plus £2,795 London Allowance, per annum, pro rata

Post available: 1 January 2010

Duration: 12 months (end date: 31 December 2010)

FTE: 50% [part-time]

Closing date: 6 December 2009

Interviews: 16 December 2009

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