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Working hours: 35 hours per week, open to flexible working.

Location: SW1P 3HE. Staff will have the option of working two days a week from home as standard, with other requests considered on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits: 30 days holiday, USS pension

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes. We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.

We are seeking a Senior Social Researcher, with expertise in qualitative methods, to join the Public Policy team. The purpose of the role is to design and carry out research and lead on smaller research projects or (elements of) larger projects in developing areas of expertise. Under the guidance of more senior colleagues build and cultivate external relationships and contribute to the drafting of research bids and proposals and may lead on a proposal or bid where appropriate.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:

Experience

1. Working on research projects from inception to completion and achieving high quality results.

2. Managing multiple competing priorities to meet strict deadlines.

3. Using a range of qualitative research techniques and methodologies, including interviews and focus groups.

4. Experience identifying and recruiting research participants.

5. Analysing and interpreting data to generate evidence-based conclusions.

6. Contributing to the drafting of research bids and proposals. 

7. Working independently and as part of a team to achieve specific outcomes.

8. Constructively challenging the accepted ways of thinking/doing things, and thinking critically to develop new idea, approaches, and ways of working.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

1. PhD or Masters in a relevant qualitative social science, or equivalent.

2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in an audience appropriate way.

3. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets.

4. Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships.

5. Knowledge of standard software packages and standard data analysis packages.

6. Strong interest in real world economic and policy developments and some experience in applied public policy.

The following are required of all roles with the organisation. However, you do not need to address these in your application.

• An understanding of and commitment to Diversity & Equality

• Willingness and ability to work hours outside of normal office hours when required.

• Willingness to work flexibly in response to changing organisational requirements

To apply

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above. Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post. Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Louise Hodgson via email: hr@niesr.ac.uk. In your application, please include the following:

• Where you saw the advert

• Approximate start date

If you would like any further information about the post, please contact Claudine Bowyer-Crane c.bowyer-crane@niesr.ac.uk

Closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 8th June.

Interviews will be held on week commencing 13th June.

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