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Senior Researcher

Location: London

Salary: £30k – £42k (depending on skills & experience)

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 25 March 2019

We are recruiting an exceptional research professional 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 an experienced research professional who is passionate about social research and wants to work in a fast paced, high performing team focused on pressing policy issues for children and families.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate

  • Interest in one or more of the policy areas relevant to the Centre’s core work
  • Good understanding of a range of research methods, with expertise in one or more of the following: surveys, quantitative analysis, qualitative approaches or evaluation
  • Experience of coordinating research delivery across project teams and managing competing priorities
  • Strong research design skills and understanding of social research commissioning.

Our portfolio of research is varied – this post is based in the Centre for Children and Families but there are opportunities to work across other policy areas, such as, health and wellbeing, communities, work and welfare, and crime and justice.

We use the full range of research methods and a Senior Researcher’s work touches on all stages of the research process.

The successful candidate must share our objective of delivering insightful, usable, ethical, rigorous research that contributes to social and policy issues that matter - on time and within budget.

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.

At this time, 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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