Research Assistant in the REACH Programme

Apply by 17 February 2021 | £29,176 – £34,804 p.a.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to become a member of the Water Programme working on the REACH programme, primarily in Kenya. You will be expected to be an active and enthusiastic member of the team conducting primary research in extended field campaigns, undertaking data analysis and interpretation, performing administrative duties, and potentially contributing to wider research activities. You will be an early career researcher with applied field experience in LMICs, a track record of achieving results, and a strong academic background.

Key duties include contributing to the design and execution of a field campaign to test the effectiveness of handpump failure prediction algorithms, working with project colleagues from other departments at Oxford University, in particular the Department of Engineering Science. You will also work with academic and practitioner colleagues in Kenya, including from the University of Nairobi, FundiFix Ltd. and UNICEF. You will contribute to the preparation of academic research publications, reviews and working papers, as well as generating regular updates on project progress.

You must hold a good MSc degree with emphasis on water science and policy, human health, international development, or engineering, together with some relevant experience. You will have the ability to manage your own research and administrative activities and proficiency in data management and statistical analysis. You will possess excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published and present at conferences. You will need to be willing to travel and spend extended time overseas (up to 3 months each year).

This is a full-time post for 18 months in the first instance.

Contract period: February to December 2021

More information about the role, and how to apply.

Application closing date: 17 February 2021. 

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