The National Institute of Economic and Social Research at any one time is working on a wide array of projects and we may have vacancies on a part-time temporary basis for advanced postgraduate students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills. We are happy to receive speculative applications CVs from appropriately qualified students who are based at UK universities and live within easy commuting distance of our Westminster offices, to consider for current vacancies or to keep on file should an appropriate job emerge. In the first instance a covering letter outlining your research interests and your CV with the names of at least two referees should be sent to HR [at] niesr.ac.uk
As one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious independent research institutes, NIESR provides a great location to build both policy impact and research profile. Based in the heart of Westminster, NIESR has exceptional networks and profile for its work in the media, academic and practitioner communities.
We now seek to appoint an Associate Research Director of Social Research. The appointee will be expected to lead the Institute’s work in applied social policy, covering a range of high-profile policy issues in the areas of employment, migration, education, health and wellbeing, and inequality.
The appointee will have experience in the design, delivery and leadership of qualitative and mixed-methods research projects, including the undertaking of programme evaluations and process evaluations within complex randomised controlled trials. We would expect the incoming ARD to have a significant national or international presence and develop this further through NIESR’s extensive networks. The appointee will actively draw on their external networks to develop research proposals of national and international significance so that funding targets are achieved for their own role, other team members and for the Institute. The appointee will also be eligible to actively draw upon NIESR’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), awarded by the Economic and Social Research in recognition of NIESR’s growing profile and commitment to impact and engagement.
- Actively develop networks/leads for potential sources of funding and engage with senior contacts at strategic level;
- Work collaboratively with other senior staff at the Institute to develop cross- disciplinary and sector approaches to funding
- Takes the lead in preparing and submitting successful research proposals with support from other team members regularly and consistently.
- Oversee the design of research projects and programmes, the setting up and conduct of research using appropriate methodology, with input from colleagues/guidance from the Director as appropriate... Responsible for timely project delivery in research area;
- Project manage research activities and grant conditions for own area and ensure progress reports are submitted, as required, to funders;
- Lead and manage a team of researchers to achieve the project objectives;
- Draft and submit high quality academic and/or policy research output for academic publications, reports, and newspaper or website articles. Oversee activities where research is being led by other team members;
- In tandem with the Director or Research Director, plan and implement strategy to disseminate/promote research more widely and achieve maximum impact on public, policymakers and opinion-formers;
- Present research findings to internal and external audiences/funders at conferences/seminars;
Staff management and development
- Lead, manage and support a small team, currently comprising three other staff, but with potential to expand should funding be obtained. Ensure appropriate staff are recruited, motivated and developed, including carrying out appraisals, providing training and advising on professional development
- Undertakes any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the role.
- Represents NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences.
- To be flexible within the broad remit of the post.
- To be responsible for the health, safety, welfare of self, other members of staff and visitors.
- Attends and participates in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme.
- Abides by NIESR's organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.
- Provides support as required to the Director and the Chief Operating Officer.
You will have the following skills:
- Strong qualitative skills;
- Experience in applied research and public policy;
- Strong experience in managing project delivery teams.
- Experience of line management and ability to mentor and develop their research team.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the preparation of funding applications and presentations to diverse audiences
- Excellent organisational skills and a proactive approach;
- Understanding and commitment to the values of the NIESR.
The post is a permanent position with a starting salary between £60-80,000, depending on experience. NIESR also offers 30 days annual leave, flexible hours and membership of the defined contribution Universities Superannuation Scheme.
Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to: Abigail Rose via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘YOUR NAME – Associate Research Director (Social Research) Application’. The covering letter should specify any current salary or specific salary expectations, the approximate date you would be available to start work, and whether you require a visa to work in the UK. Letters should also contain the names and contact details of two referees, who will not be approached without prior agreement. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Closing date for applications is 12pm on Wednesday October 30.
Interviews will be held in the week beginning November 11th, with some flexibility being possible for candidates who notify us at the time of application that they will be unavailable during that period.
Please note that, due to the need to contain administrative costs, we will contact shortlisted candidates only. We are, however, very grateful for the time and interest of all who apply.
The National Institute of Economic Research is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. It specialises in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives.