Professor and Principal Investigator of the National Child Development Study
(1958 British Birth Cohort)
Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Department of Quantitative Social Sciences
Faculty of Policy and Society
The Institute of Education
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The Department of Quantitative Social Science
The Department specialises in the development and application of quantitative
methods to survey and administrative datasets and in the collection and
management of longitudinal data. Its work informs debate in areas such as
education, health, the labour market, and family policy. Staff have leading expertise
in economics, sociology, psychology, and survey methods. The Department has a
thriving PhD student body, funded in part through an ESRC Doctoral Training
Centre, together with Masters programmes in the economics of education and in
policy analysis and evaluation. The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), within the
Department, is an ESRC Resource Centre managing three of Britain’s world
renowned birth cohorts: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970
British Cohort Study, and the Millennium Cohort Study. From October 2012 the CLS
is also leading a major collaborative programme of work to promote cross-cohort
research. This is a five year programme involving nine major longitudinal British
studies, funded jointly by ESRC and MRC. It has now been titled ‘CLOSER’
(Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources).
The Role and its Responsibilities
The National Child Development Study has followed over 17,000 individuals, all born
in a single week of March 1958, through childhood and into adult life. Longitudinal
data from the study forms a valuable multi-disciplinary research resource that is used
by researchers across the world. The successful candidate will take the scientific
lead in directing the study and managing the team responsible for it at CLS. The
post provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to pursue their
own research agenda within the field of quantitative longitudinal research. The next
survey of the 1958 cohort is planned for 2013, when study members are aged 55,
and involves a sequential mixed mode research design (web self-completion,
followed by telephone interviews). Considerable development work for this survey
has already taken place. The age 60 sweep is expected to be a face to face
interview with core funding from ESRC. It will be necessary for the incoming PI to
raise co-funding for the age-60 survey to capitalize on the opportunity to collect a
wide range of objective measures from cohort members, including measures of
cognitive and physical capability.
The successful candidate will be expected:
1. To conduct and publish methodological and/or substantive research in
quantitative social science.
2. To contribute to teaching in the Department of Quantitative Social Science
including the programme of training and workshops for users of the cohort
studies in collaboration with other senior CLS staff.
3. To contribute to leadership of CLS and the Department of Quantitative Social
4. To take the scientific lead for planning the study, for example continue
consultation on the design, modes, and content of, National Child
Development Study sweep 9 (at age 60 in 2018).
5. To pursue funding and co-funding of data collection for NCDS and specifically
to coordinate an application for co-funding to support collection of objective
measures of health and cognition at age 60.
6. To act as a senior link to Government departments and encourage use of the
NCDS data by Government analysts.
7. To ensure representation of NCDS in the international research community
and act as an advocate for the study and promote findings from research
based on NCDS in order to ensure that the study has maximum impact with a
wide range of potential users.
8. To ensure the cohort is maintained, attrition is minimized and response rates
improved via tracing activities and feedback to cohort members.
9. To oversee and agree plans with the Database team:
a) for the cleaning, and depositing in UK data archive of NCDS data;
b) to build work on linking administrative, geographical and health data with
the NCDS survey data.
10. Such other duties as may reasonably be requested.
You will be responsible to the Director of CLS and ultimately to the Director of the
You are welcome to contact John Micklewright, Head of Department
(firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 020 7 331 5107) or Jane Elliott, Director of CLS
(email@example.com, tel 020 7 612 6395) for further information or to discuss the post.
The successful candidate will have:
1. An outstanding record of excellent publications based on the use of longitudinal
2. A record of success in securing external research funding e.g. from the
3. Proven ability to design and deliver complex large scale research projects.
4. Management and interpersonal skills appropriate for leading and motivating a
5. Experience in public speaking and strong communications skills including the
ability to disseminate research findings to a range of professional, practitioner
and policy audiences.
6. Excellent interpersonal skills that enable effective communication with a wide
range of people including the ability to disseminate research results to
professional, practitioner and policy audiences.
7. The ability to work with academic collaborators and users across a number of
8. A good record of research student supervision leading to successfully completed
9. The capacity and willingness to act as Head of Department or Director of CLS if
10. Experience of coordinating a longitudinal study.
11. Experience of coordinating a major survey.
This is a senior appointment at professorial level and an appropriate title for the
successful candidate will be agreed on appointment to ensure that this reflects his or
her disciplinary background.
The appointment will be full time and a start date of 1 April 2013 is preferred,
although an earlier or later date may be agreed if practical.
Salary will be on the Institute’s Senior Grades salary scale at a level commensurate
with the academic standing of the appointee, plus £2,323 London Allowance per
Job share will be considered. Applicants wishing to do so are asked to indicate their
preferred pattern of working. Applications from joint applicants should be submitted
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