Senior Researcher

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 28th January 2019

About the job

We have an exciting opportunity to join NatCen’s Longitudinal Surveys Team, which conducts the most highly prized of the longitudinal and cohort studies, including Understanding Society, the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA), and the National Child Development Survey (NCDS). The team is also home to NatCen’s growing probability web panel.

We are looking for an experienced 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, including Understanding Society. Our senior researchers are responsible for a survey from development to delivery, so you will have opportunities to be involved in all stages including design, set up, monitoring fieldwork, data analysis and reporting. You will need to liaise effectively with external collaborators and customers, and to inspire, plan work for and supervise more junior staff. 

You will have a proven track record of working on high-quality quantitative research studies, helping to ensure their delivery to time and budget.

You must have quantitative research skills and experience in conducting surveys and handling the resulting data, with a strong understanding of survey methodology. Longitudinal survey experience would be an advantage. You will be flexible, a strong communicator and work well as part of a team. You will have (or will demonstrate your ability to develop) good relationships with customers and collaborators. The ability to work well under pressure and manage deadlines effectively is essential.

You will be enthusiastic about business generation, able to identify new business opportunities and contribute to, and lead on aspects of, writing tenders and grant applications.

You will also be keen to contribute to wider NatCen organisational priorities, for example by promoting NatCen’s work externally, developing methodological and/or policy expertise, and playing an active role in NatCen-wide initiatives.

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 influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is 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.

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