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We are now looking for ambitious, enthusiastic people to take on the role of Researcher. This is an opportunity to help shape the national agenda at a high profile charity working to have an impact and improve lives in the UK through public policy.

We are looking for generalists, but as your career develops there will be opportunities to specialise in economic or social policy. We also have a long history of allowing our researchers to nurture their public platform, media profile and research interests as part of our commitment to personal development.

Objectives of post:

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research, including gathering, preparing and analysing data, organising and conducting focus groups and interviews and designing research materials;
  • Developing policy proposals, founded in evidence, for delivering improved outcomes;
  • Undertaking and writing up literature reviews;
  • Drafting research outputs, including written reports and blogs;
  • Identifying and putting forward proposals for policy, contributing to the specific objectives of the project;
  • Contributing to the impact of research projects by collaborating with the External Affairs team;
  • Develop and maintain relations with key stakeholders and counterparts in partner organisations.

Person specification:

Curiosity, enthusiasm and strong organisation skills are critical to success in this role. We’re looking for a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills, intellectual curiosity and an analytical mindset. Political interest and a commitment to improving lives are the biggest pre-requisites.

Essential characteristics:

  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods, including depth interviews and focus groups;
  • Interest in data analysis;
  • Project management skills, including working to multiple deadlines;
  • Mathematical literacy: comfortable using and interpreting data;
  • Confident written and verbal communication skills: comfortable writing for a range of audiences, presenting complex information in easy-to-understand formats;
  • Hard working and committed, taking direct ownership of issues and seeing tasks  through to completion;
  • Demonstrable interest in public policy making.

Desirable characteristics:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent experience;
  • Formal research methods training;
  • Interest in the future of technology;
  • Professional experience of undertaking qualitative or quantitative research projects;
  • Experience of research software such as Nvivo or Stata;
  • Understanding of research ethics.

Terms and conditions:

  • Salary: £22-26,000 per annum;
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week;
  • Reporting to: Head of Research;
  • Location: Demos offices, London SE1;
  • Pension: 6%.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Wednesday 18th April 2018