BACS Online Database Project: Research Assistant required
• The Research Assistant (RA) should be available to work for 15 weeks, a minimum of 10 hours and no more than 20 hours per week. The hours of work shall be agreed with BACS and claimed from BACS on a weekly basis. Hours are usually flexible, although RAs must commit to being available for some certain major work efforts such as mass mailings and data collection. • The rate of pay will be £10 per hour. • The period of time to be worked will be from 1st May 2006 until mid August (or as otherwise agreed.) • The project is to be completed by 1st September 2006 at the latest. • It is preferable that the RA be based in London. • No equipment or office space will be supplied; the RA will be responsible for their own National Insurance and tax. Essential Skills and Qualifications Required abilities and dispositions: • At least one HE module or other demonstrated experience, in social science research methods, such as research design or experimental protocols. • Proven successful experience in project-based research. • Strong existing computer skills with Microsoft Office (especially Access) and general Internet and electronic communications. • Experience in setting up and working with data bases and web based materials. • Strong spoken and written communications skills. • Capacity and will to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly, under the mentorship of BACS; flexibility in responding to new tasks as they arise. • Ability to assist in construction of, manipulate and complete within the given period, the BACS online database. • Knowledge of the Organization of the British Association of Canadian Studies. • Knowledge of Research and Researchers on Canada within the UK. Desired additional skills, experience and dispositions: • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision. • Experience with web development (PHP/MySQL, ASP/SQL Server) is a major advantage. • Articulate and tactful communications skills. Responsibilities • To assist in the design, execution and completion of the BACS online database. • To assist in the design of, and to maintain the relational on-line database; this may involve the use of Microsoft Access. • To manage data collection by researching and gathering the necessary information to fill in the information fields chosen for inclusion in the database. • The meeting of agreed deadlines for establishment and filling the database, entering and saving data using the necessary technology and software. • Analysis of data. • Producing written, tabular and visual materials for reports and presentations. • Any other duties specified by the nominated representative of BACS.
Applications, in electronic format and by email, to include a letter of application and CV to the BACS Office by 3 April 2006. Interviews will be held in London on 5/6 April 2006. Candidates will be advised of interviews by email and should be available to attend on those dates.