Programme Research Specialist - playful parenting
Do you want to help us make sure that play is at the heart of how children learn and develop? And would you like to work with an international network of researchers to support play-based approaches among parents and early childhood centres in early childhood?
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 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.
Work with a team of researchers to promote learning through play
As a research specialist at the Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning in Billund, you work with an international network of research partners to deliver research-based practices that support positive learning outcomes for children. Specifically, you focus on research projects and intervention designs regarding learning through play in early childhood.
Research the relation between creativity, learning and play in early childhood
You support the programme research agenda on learning through play to lay the foundation for the impact in our international programmes. In particular, you support programme research on parenting interventions for our advocacy work in Early Childhood. Focusing on early childhood, you:
- Identify relevant articles and studies, prepare reviews and summaries with an emphasis on the relation of play and playful parenting to whole child development and develop short communication materials such as articles or blog posts
- Develop, present, and publish research studies in alignment with programme initiatives and encourage research partners to do the same
- Collaborate with internal and external specialists on initiative plans, ensuring consultation across programmes
- Maintain online overview of key research institutions, papers, journals, and conferences
- Are familiar with quantitative and qualitative measures of early childhood development to support strong methods for impacting playful parenting.
PhD and experience running research projectsYou are well-versed in investigating issues and evaluating problems. In addition to an innovative mind-set, you bring:
- A PhD in Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
- +3 years of experience running independent research studies or collaborations with academic research partners
- Ability to transform research needs into clear research questions, studies and methodologies.
- Experience applying research methodology and transforming data into insights
- Knowledge of working with philanthropy partners or research impact
- Outstanding oral and written English communication and presentation skills
Ready to join us on our bold journey?
If you would like to join our motivated and deeply committed team, please send us your application, including your CV and a short letter indicating your interest.
We take candidates into the recruitment process on an ongoing basis and deactivate the job ad when we have the right candidate field.
We look forward hearing from you.
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