Location: Cambridge, with regular travel to other locations in the UK
Salary: £23,500 – £28,500 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience
Basis: permanent contract; full-time, part-time or flexible
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in the UK
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.
Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new skills.
In October 2015 we merged with Code Club, followed in May 2017 by a second merger with the CoderDojo Foundation. Together we now represent one of the largest sustained global efforts to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.
Our Research team works to understand our impact; the learning that takes place in our clubs and is facilitated by our resources; and how people learn computing and digital making skills. We are now looking for an exceptional Research Assistant to support our qualitative research with participants in our programmes.
As Research Assistant, you will undertake visits to clubs, observations of people using our learning resources, and interviews with participants, e.g. volunteers, educators, and focus groups. You will collect and analyse qualitative data, and present this data in the form of reports and presentations for a range of audiences.
You will also support the work of the wider Research team, reviewing literature, supporting trials of different approaches to learning, and communicating research findings to others in the organisation.
We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people who care about our mission can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we’ll make it work for you, and you can be confident that you’ll be working with an exceptional team.
- Scoping and planning small research projects
- Conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations in situ
- Creating appropriate research instruments for qualitative research
- Analysing research data and synthesising findings
- Contributing to the writing of research reports
- Reviewing and synthesising research literature
- Communicating research findings to others through written summaries and presentations
- Supporting administration relating to research work
- Building and maintaining relationships with participants and stakeholders in our research
- Organising research events and workshops
Experience and personal attributes
You should have:
- Experience of research in education or social science
- Experience of qualitative research methods, such as interviewing and coding qualitative data
- Excellent report writing skills
- A high level of literacy in English, and excellent spelling and grammar
- Outstanding organisational skills, and the capacity to deal with complex and changing situations
- Willingness to travel and the ability to organise travel plans
- Experience of using online tools such as Google Apps (Drive, Gmail, etc.)
You’ll ideally have:
- An understanding of education and education policy in computing, technology, or STEM
- Experience of quantitative research methods, such as surveys
- An interest in computing and digital making
- Experience of communicating or working with schools
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:
- 25 days’ annual leave
- Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
- Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy
- Investment in professional development and learning
- Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
- Generous family leave policy
- Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy
- Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills
- Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
- Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices
Timetable for applications
Closing date: 09:00 BST, Monday 3 June 2019Face-to-face interviews: Monday 17 June and Friday 21 June 2019