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Senior Researcher

Location: London

Salary: £30k - £40k (depending on skills & experience)

Department: Survey Research Centre

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 5 June 2017

We have an exciting opportunity to join NatCen’s Survey Research Centre. NatCen carries out many of the country’s most important and high profile social surveys, with a number classed as National Statistics. The Survey Research Centre aims to deliver the highest possible quality in survey research – and to use the latest methodological, operational and technological best practice. There are three research teams: Household Surveys, Health and Biomedical and Longitudinal Studies. The post is located in Longitudinal Studies, which conducts the most highly prized of the longitudinal and cohort studies, including the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing and the Birth Cohort Study 1970. It is also home to NatCen’s growing probability web panel.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Researcher with a background in quantitative social survey or market research, who is passionate about research and the research process. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in day to day management and delivery of some of our high profile surveys, liaising with colleagues, collaborators and funders. You will be flexible, a strong communicator and work well as part of a team. Each survey team is responsible for a survey from development to delivery so you’ll be involved in all stages including design, set up, monitoring fieldwork, data analysis and reporting.

You will have opportunities to contribute to new business development and proposal writing.

Main duties:

  • Project management and survey delivery.
  • Research design.
  • Report writing and presentation.
  • Contributing to proposal writing.
  • Building relationships with collaborators and clients.

You will need:

  • Quantitative research skills with experience of quantitative methods, including survey design, delivery and reporting.
  • Longitudinal survey skills would be an advantage, but are not essential.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience of delivering complex projects to timetable and budget.
  • First class communication skills, including proposal and report writing and presentation skills.

For a detailed job description, please click here. If you believe you have the experience and qualities we are looking for, please get in touch.

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 works for society by providing a rich understanding of people's lives and enabling them to have a powerful and influential role in shaping social policy decisions. Our research is used by policy makers, practitioners, academics, the media and the public as a driving force behind increased understanding of the environment we live in and how it's 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 800 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 Monday 5th June 2017.