Associate Social Researcher/Social Researcher (Public Policy)

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious, independent research institutes.  We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making.  Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.

We are seeking an Associate Social Researcher or Social Researcher, depending on experience, to join the Public Policy team, ideally from mid-May. The purpose of the role is to support our research teams to design and deliver high quality qualitative research, including by helping with data collection (interviews and focus groups), analysis and reporting. In particular, the person would support us in delivering the Implementation and Process Evaluation (IPE) as part of multiple large-scale evaluations for What Works for Children’s Social Care on supporting Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools. The ideal candidate would have knowledge of the children’s social care or education sectors; however, this is not a requirement.

Job title: Associate Social Researcher/Social Researcher, depending on experience

Working hours:  35 hours per week, open to flexible working.

Contract type: Fixed term until 30th November 2022, immediate start

Location: SW1P 3HE.  Staff will have the option of working two days a week from home as standard, with other requests considered on a case-by-case basis.

Salary: £28,702 – £34,853 p/a, depending on experience

Benefits: 30 days holiday, USS pension

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1.  Collecting and working with qualitative data
  2. Analysing and interpreting qualitative data to generate evidence-based conclusions.
  3. Managing multiple competing priorities to meet strict deadlines.
  4. Working independently and as part of a team to achieve specific outcomes.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. MSc/MA degree in social policy discipline, or equivalent.
  2. Awareness and understanding of a range of research techniques and methodologies, particularly qualitative approaches.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex ideas and information to different audiences.
  4. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets.
  5. Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships.
  6. Strong interest in real world social policy and policy developments. Interest in and/or knowledge of children’s social care or education.

To apply:

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above.  Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.  Please refer to the attached attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Louise Hodgson via email:  In your application, please include the following:

  • Where you saw the advert
  • Approximate start date

If you would like any further information about the post, please contact Johnny Runge

Closing date for applications is 19th May 2022 (midnight).

As we are looking to fill this post quickly, we will be interviewing on a rolling basis as applications come in and reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date. Please submit your application as early as feasible to avoid disappointment.