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Research Director

Location: London

Salary: £40k - £53k (Depending on skills & experience)

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 25 March 2019

We are recruiting exceptional social research professionals to join the new Centre for Children and Families at The National Centre for Social Research.

NatCen has a long track record of conducting world class research on children and families, set against a backdrop of significant challenges for children and young people. Our aim is to make an important contribution to public understanding of key contemporary issues including parenting, education and learning, and children’s mental health. NatCen’s research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

The team works with a wide range of customers and partners, including government departments, charities and foundations. Our methodological expertise is wide ranging, covering scoping and mapping studies, literature reviews, impact and process evaluations, qualitative studies, surveys and secondary analysis.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint experienced research professionals, who are passionate about the issues faced by children and families in the UK, and have a proven track record of designing and delivering high quality social research. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • Substantial experience of directing social research projects and programmes
  • A track record of securing funding for high quality social research
  • Strong methodological skills in one or more of the following: surveys, quantitative analysis, qualitative approaches or evaluation
  • Experience of building and leading teams, and developing the skills of junior colleagues
  • Commitment to building and maintaining good relationships with partners and customers

For a detailed job description, please click here.

About NatCen Social Research

At NatCen Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

We offer a collaborative and stimulating environment with a high profile, challenging research programme, as well as favourable working conditions. Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement and a defined contribution pension scheme.

This is a permanent contract subject to the successful completion of a six months’ probation period. In support of our approach to flexible working, we are happy to receive applications from those seeking full time employment, as well as those who may want to share the role on a part time basis. Requests for alternative work patterns are considered alongside business need and the balance of responsibilities across the team.

Currently, we are only able to consider applicants with eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and supporting statement (no more than 700 words) outlining your skills, experience and why you would make a great addition to the team by email to applications@natcen.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications will be 9am, Monday 25th March 2019.

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