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National Coordinator for the European Social Survey

ESRC is searching a candidate for the position of National Coordinator of Rounds 9 and 10 of the Europe an Social Survey (ESS). The call for applications is open till 19 July 2017.

The ESS is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since 2001. The ESS gained status as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2013. ERICs are facilities for the scientific community, allowing researchers access to data and tools in order to conduct top-level research. The ESS ERIC is hosted by the UK, with its headquarters at City, University of London.

The main aims of ESS ERIC are:

  • to chart stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing
  • to achieve and spread higher standards of rigour in cross-national research in the social sciences, including for example sampling, data collection, reduction of bias and the reliability of questions
  • to introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens’ perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies
  • to undertake and facilitate the training of European social researchers in comparative quantitative measurement and analysis
  • to improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policymakers and the wider public.

The call is for a National Coordinator (NC) for the UK element of the survey. The National Coordinator will play a major role in selecting, contracting, briefing and liaising with a survey agency (unless their own organisation bids for the fieldwork and they would then be excluded from the selection and contracting process). They will also be expected to raise awareness about the ESS in the UK amongst both academic and non-academic audiences.

The responsibility for delivery of the survey and liaison with the ESS ERIC Core Scientific Team resides with the NC. NCs are expected to spend about six months full-time equivalent on their tasks in one round (24 months), if they were involved in previous rounds. New NCs will require considerably more time. The NC should be a person of standing within the social science community of their country, familiar at first hand with survey methodology and procedures, and have experience of cross-national research and be accepting of the ESS approach.

How to apply

Any UK Research Organisation or ESRC approved Independent Research Organisation is eligible to apply.

Applications must be made through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Soumission System (Je-S) by 16:00 on 19 July 2017.

Interviews for the NC will take place on 23 August 2017. Please keep this date free as you will be expected to attend an interview in London.

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