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Senior Researcher

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £26k - £35k (Depending on skills & experience)

Department: ScotCen

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 27 March 2018

We are looking for a talented individual with a passion for social research to deliver and develop our work in Scotland.

We have a Senior Researcher role available which will primarily cover our portfolio of Scottish qualitative and mixed method research projects. These include projects which are at the heart of evidence-based policy making in Scotland across a range of subject areas including health, crime and justice and children, young people and families.

There will also be opportunities for involvement in larger-scale quantitative surveys, as well as wider analytical and methodological work of the Survey and Policy Research Centres and NatCen as a whole. 

As a Senior Researcher, you will be central in the development, management and delivery of projects. For qualitative and mixed method projects, the post holder will be expected to take a lead role with sampling approaches, topic guide development, fieldwork, analysis and reporting. While we expect post-holders to have greater experience of qualitative methods, a basic understanding of survey methods is essential. There is an opportunity to work on projects across both disciplines.

Applicants for the Senior Researcher post should have a good honours degree or postgraduate qualification and an understanding of and commitment to social research. It would also be desirable for applicants to have a social sciences degree with a research component, and undergraduate or postgraduate research experience would be an advantage for this post.

Significant experience of qualitative or quantitative social research is essential, whether gained in an academic, government, other public sector, voluntary sector or market research setting (though additional training and development will also be provided).  Knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following key substantive/policy themes would be an advantage: public health and children and families.

Senior Researchers are normally expected to work on more than one project at a time, and the ability to work well under pressure and to manage deadlines is essential.

If you believe you have the experience and qualities we are looking for then please get in touch.

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 friendly and stimulating environment with a high profile, challenging research programme, as well as favourable working conditions. All our researchers can benefit from an extensive research training programme and will have opportunities to work across policy areas and methods where possible.

How to apply

Please complete the application form and send via email to Please note CVs and covering letters will not be acceped for this role.

Closing date for applications will be Tuesday 27th March 2018.