Date Added: 16 April 2018
: 13 May 2018
Job Title: Research Assistant (Post Graduate)
Working For: Southern Policy Centre
Salary: £30,000 pa (pro-rata)
The Southern Policy Centre was established in 2014 as the only independent cross-party think-tank for the region of central southern England, we specialise in improving public policy making by conducting research into the policy challenges facing society. We're seeking to appoint a Post Graduate Research Assistant to work with us for a fixed term of six months on a charity-funded research project. The RA will play a key role in developing a policy advocacy strategy on behalf of young people in central southern England.
This exciting role will focus on analysing the current issues facing key groups of young people in the region and on making key policy recommendations. It will also outline how those recommendations that are amenable to local and regional action should be taken forward with public and private sector decision-makers.This is a full time role (37 hours per week); however, a job share would be considered (2x18.5 hours per week)
The main responsibilities will include:
- taking a proactive and leading role in designing and conducting research
- organising, managing and analysing project data
- travelling to meet partners across the region (expenses paid)
- communicating complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
- developing policy recommendations
- writing up the final project report
The successful applicant will be an experienced researcher with a good honours degree, combined with a Masters in a relevant social science subject. A PhD is preferable.
Both quantitative and qualitative research skills will be needed as research methods will include (although will not be limited to) focus groups, semi-structured qualitative interviews, and detailed analysis of existing policy and its impacts.
The Research Assistant will be:
- experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methods
- highly technologically literate with excellent communication skills
- able to demonstrate a track record of analysing and understanding the policy landscape and issues which directly affect young people
- experienced in secondary data collection analysis
- able to be self-motivated and capable of maintaining a high work rate when working individually
The RA should also have a good publication record and preferably some experience of working in the youth sector.
The role will be a fixed term contract for 6 months on a self-employed basis.
Closing Date: 13 May 2018
Interview dates: TBC
Start date: June 2018
Please submit a CV and covering letter (stating whether the application is for a full time or part time role) to Flic Goodyear at email@example.com
For any informal chat about the role please contact either:
Prof. David Birks firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0784 1070 658
Flic Goodyear email@example.com Tel: 077 3771 4455