Research Assistant Opportunity - What Makes Dual Career Couples Work
Posted: 06 Jun 2018

Dr Laura Langner in the Department of Sociology is looking for a research assistant who will support her on the ESRC-funded project What Makes Dual Career Couples Work. A Longitudinal Comparative Mixed Methods Analysis. The RA will work under the supervision of Dr Laura Langner.

The tasks of the research assistant will include, but are not limited to:
- Harmonizing, cleaning and preparing data sets (mainly the Millennium Cohort Study) for use in the larger project, including documenting the computer code (Stata)
- Analysing and visualizing the data following the guidance of Dr Langner
- Carrying out a literature review

Essential Requirements:
- Relevant experience in working with longitudinal data in Stata
- Ability to manage own research and administrative activities independently

Desirable but not Essential to Apply:
- Experience in working with e.g. the Millennium Cohort Study, PSID, BHPS/Understanding Society
- Substantive interest in family sociology, gender inequality and longitudinal methods

Start date: As soon as possible.

Duration: 8-12 weeks; 8-10 hours a week

Rate of pay: £14.40 per hour.

How to apply: Please email Dr Laura Langner ( by
29th June with your CV and a brief description of your experience and your motivation.

Please get in touch by email if you have any further questions.

N.B. Please note that your entitlement to work in the UK will need to be confirmed before the work starts. The Department cannot employ students as research assistants for more than 12 weeks in a row. Masters students may not normally undertake more than 8 hours per week of paid work for the Department. DPhil students are advised that any paid work should still allow them to spend at least 40 hours per week for a minimum 44 weeks of the year on their students. The Department strongly recommends that you discuss any paid work you take with your supervisor so it fits around your academic commitments.

Please be aware that if you are a Tier 4 student visa holder you will have restrictions on the number of hours you are permitted to work each week during term time. Paid and unpaid work within the University, for colleges, and for external organisations counts towards your permitted weekly hours. You will be asked to complete a declaration to ensure that you are not working in breach of these conditions. Please contact me if you have any queries on this.

Laura Langner is Postdoctoral Researcher in life Course and Family Dynamics