Research assistant โ€“ Temporary position

 7190 Billund, Danmark

Would you like to be part of an international organization that works to make a difference for children all over the world? Do you have an ambition to be part of a core research team, who works with an international network of research partners and institutions to understand and share how children learn through play? Are you able to work with a vast number of data and bring research to live?

Are you ready to contribute to making a vision come to life?

The LEGO Foundation shares a mission with the LEGO Group: to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. We are a Danish corporate foundation with a core team of dedicated employees with one shared passion: to make children’s lives better – and communities stronger – by making sure the fundamental value of Learning through Play is understood, embraced and acted upon. We are dedicated to empowering children through play to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.

You will be part of The Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning is an entity within the LEGO Foundation, reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to be a leading authority on the role of play for children’s development, creativity and lifelong learning. The Centre has an international network of research partners and institutions to develop and implement research on creativity, play and learning, and support the international programmes of the LEGO Foundation to provide impact on children’s learning through play. In the department, you will be reporting to one of our researchers. We are 10+ highly dedicated colleges in The Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning.

An exciting and challenging job

The LEGO Foundation research team is looking for a full-time or two part-time research assistants to work on two cross-cultural studies on children and adult’s perceptions of play and learning. The aim of the first study is to interview Danish children and their parents using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, while the second seeks to validate a perception survey with a larger sample of South African early years’ practitioners (300+).

The appointed assistant is expected to fully engage with the research activities, you will in particular be responsible for arranging and conducting interviews, as well as managing data entry and support the write up results from both studies. Having good interaction skills with young children is essential for this position.

This is temporary position starting September 2017 and ending end of May 2018. The position is based in Billund.

Key tasks and activities

The job function is demanding and challenging with strong focus on quality and execution. A drive for success and collaboration with the many stakeholders are extremely important.

Together with the Core Research team, the appointed assistant will engage in the planning and execution of research activities – including data collection, analysis, and dissemination to stakeholders within and beyond the LEGO Foundation.

The Research assistant is expected to be able to:

  • Manage the conduct and analysis of interviews to be undertaken in Denmark (Billund and private homes), as well as data entry, analysis and write-up.
  • Support the administering and collection of perception surveys in South Africa, and manage data entry and initial analysis.
  • Support the preparation and writing of publications (including review of relevant literature and related data analysis).
  • Support engagement with Foundation and partner audiences (research and practice), such as through presentations, blogs and one-pager briefs
  • The research assistant will manage own workload and work independently to tight deadlines within guidelines provided by direct manager

Qualifications, experience and personality

  • At least have completed the first year of a Master’s degree in a relevant subject
  • Strong interpersonal skills – a good rapport with young children is essential
  • Prior experience conducting research is required, ideally working with qualitative interviews and/survey research
  • Experience drafting reports and contributing to writing for academic publication to a high standard
  • Understanding and experience of qualitative and survey research
  • Fluent in Danish, good English speaking and writing skills
  • Confident user of Microsoft package, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to write short, informative briefs and prepare PowerPoint presentations for wider audiences
  • Ability to manage own workload and work independently to tight deadlines
  • A clean child certificate – Børneattest – is a must

Embark with us on our journey

If you would like to join our team in Billund, Denmark, to embark with us on our journey, then please send us your application, including your CV in English.

  • This position was posted in June 2017 
  • We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and close the position down once we have found the right candidate
  • Please remember to attach your application and a current CV

We look forward to hearing from you.

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