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Senior Researcher (Maternity Cover)

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £26k - £36k (Depending on skills & experience)

Department: ScotCen

Contract: Contract

Application deadline: 28 January 2019

We are looking to recruit a Senior Researcher to cover a period of maternity leave. In this role, you will predominantly be involved in leading the development, management and delivery of our survey projects. The post holder will be expected to contribute to all stages of the project, including questionnaire design and development, survey implementation, analysis, report writing and dissemination. These projects are delivered across a range of modes – face-to-face, web, telephone and paper – on varying topics and with different populations.

There will also be opportunities for involvement in 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. Contributing to the wider analytical and methodological work of NatCen will also be possible. 

While we expect post-holders to have greater experience of survey methods, a basic understanding of qualitative methods is desirable. There is an opportunity to work on projects across both disciplines.

Applicants 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 these posts.

Significant experience of 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: children and families, education, public health, crime and justice.

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. Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement and a defined contribution pension scheme.

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

Closing date for applications will be 9am, Monday 28th January 2019.

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