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Reference: 65587

Date Added: 16 April 2018
Closing Date: 13 May 2018

Job Title: Research Assistant (Post Graduate)

Working For: Southern Policy Centre

Location: Hampshire/Internet

Salary: £30,000 pa (pro-rata)

Job Details

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

Essential skills:

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/Start Dates

Interview dates: TBC

Start date: June 2018

Application Details

Please submit a CV and covering letter (stating whether the application is for a full time or part time role) to Flic Goodyear at goodyearf@southernpolicycentre.co.uk

For any informal chat about the role please contact either:

Prof. David Birks david.birks@winchester.ac.uk Tel: 0784 1070 658
Flic Goodyear goodyearf@southernpolicycentre.co.uk Tel: 077 3771 4455

Website: http://www.southernpolicycentre.co.uk

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