Research Assistant (closed)

Title: Research Assistant (multiple positions available)

Accountable to: Database Project Manager

Salary: £25,728 pro rata (Academic grade 6)

Location: Remote working

Contract: Flexible (July-December 2018)

The role

The Sutton Trust - EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is the EEF’s most popular tool for teachers ( Two-thirds of school leaders in England say that they use the Toolkit to help them identify best practice. The Toolkit is a collaboration between the EEF and Durham University.

We are looking for a group of researchers to contribute towards the reviewing and data extraction of more than 8,000 educational research studies. The role will involve reading educational studies and then tagging them on multiple variables. The information will feed in to an update of the Toolkit and the accompanying development of a major new underpinning database.

The position would be well suited to current PhD students, post-docs and other researchers looking for flexible work.

Free training and certification

All candidate who pass the initial sift will be asked to attend a free one-day training course on data extraction in EPPI Reviewer. The course will include an assessment session during which candidate will extract data from example studies. Training days will take place during August and September in London and Durham.

Those who pass the assessment will be awarded a certificate of completion in data extraction as part of a systematic review and will be invited to join the project as a Research Assistant.

Time commitment

We are looking for people who can commit to working on the project between September – December 2018, with full-time and part-time roles available (minimum 0.2). The hours of work will be flexible and could be combined with study or other research work.


You will work remotely from home, or the institution where you are currently based.

Person specification

  • Essential skills and experience
  • Currently conducting research in education or a related field.
  • Experience of reading academic papers.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good time management

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience of interpreting quantitative study data
  • Experience of working with databases.
  • Experience of conducting/understanding of systematic reviews/meta-analyses.

About the Education Endowment Foundation

The EEF is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can make the most of their talents.The EEFwas set up in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education.

The EEF offers grants to schools and other organisations to test new ways of improving educational outcomes for 3-18 year olds. All EEF projects are set up and run as rigorous trials, allowing us to build our understanding of what works in improving outcomes for children and young people.

The Research Team manages EEF’s research, and communicates the findings in an accessible, useable way to teachers, school leaders and other education decision makers. This research includes the trials above, the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and the EEF’s other evidence synthesis work.

The charity also works in partnership with a range of global organisations to synthesise existing research evidence, generate new evidence and translate evidence into practice.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to

Your covering letter should be no more than one side of A4 and should briefly outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the skills and experience criteria included in the person specification above, drawing on specific examples.

We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for all applications is 5th August.

If you have any questions about the role, please email