Research Specialist (Maternity Cover)
Do you want to make a difference for children´s learning by joining our effort to reach millions of children across the world? In this maternity cover lasting 6-9 months, we are looking for your help to summarise reports, collect literature and test and implement new research frameworks.
Are you ready to contribute to make 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 play is understood, embraced and acted upon. We are dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.
The family ownership of the LEGO Group is a strong part of our heritage. As part of the ongoing commitment to giving children better opportunities to reach their full potential, the owner family is actively engaged in the LEGO Foundation board of directors and has chosen to transfer ownership of 25% of the Group to the LEGO Foundation. This is how we fund our activities.
Research children´s learning
You join our research team in the LEGO Foundation Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning in Billund, Denmark. Here, you will collaborate closely with a few research partners, focusing on our engagement in international programmes related to children´s learning through play and our commitment to be a leading authority on the role of play for children´s development, creativity and lifelong learning.
Help us understand our audience
Your job is to support our research on the attitudes and behaviours of our target audiences (parents, teachers, caregivers, systems, governments and policy makers). And in line with our strategy, you will build evidence across our programmes, related to e.g. learning outcomes, teacher pedagogies, the impact of play on learning and policy research. This includes:
- Reviewing literature, documents, reports and other policy resources to fill in gaps on key messages and identifying advocacy opportunities.
- Providing summaries and reports on work conducted, making evidence, facts and statistics accessible and useable for the programmes and advocacy.
- Establishing linkages between literature and potential opportunities for in-country testing or implementation.
- Identifying key research questions as well as relevant partners and researchers.
- Helping to obtain, organise and align the external and internal resources needed to conduct target group research and receive and structure ongoing research needs and methods.
Relevant research experience
We are looking for a disciplined, collaborative and independent colleague to join a research environment using a wide range of methodologies to manage and apply research to the LEGO Foundation programmes. To succeed, you can acquire the contextual knowledge to understand the needs of each programme, and you have the communication skills to clearly translate needs into research projects and insights.
- You hold a master´s degree within social sciences, psychology or similar - maybe you are studying a PhD and looking for some hands-on experience.
- You have 2+ years of experience from a research environment, providing you with experience in literature search and the review and synthesis of literature.
- You are familiar with research areas related to playful parenting, early childhood development or developmental psychology.
Embark with us on our journey
If you would like to join our team in Billund to embark with us on our journey, then please send us your complete application, including your CV and a short motivation letter.
- This position was posted Abril 20th.
- We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and fill the position once we have found the right candidate.
- We start with the interviews May 2018
To apply, email your application to: email@example.com