Analyst – Innovation / Science

RAND Europe

Reports to: Research Group Director

We wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at the Analyst level with a track record in innovation and/or science policy research at Masters or PhD level with experience in using quantitative or qualitative methods, and a good understanding of innovation and science challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe.

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.

The role will be based at our Cambridge (England) office but there will be some opportunity for travel. Fluency in English is essential. Proficiency in one or more other languages would be an asset. In addition to its strong ethos of evidence based research RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.

Innovation and/or science Analyst position

You will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct analysis relating to key areas of innovation and science policy in the UK, European and global settings. Funders of our research and clients include: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, research charities and pharmaceutical companies. Specific areas of focus include innovation models for government, emerging technologies, biotechnology, digital technologies, research evaluation and impact, information and communication technologies, and research policy.

You will bring knowledge of innovation and/or science policy, ideally in more than one setting. Ideally you will have several years’ work experience after university. You will have strong research skills in one or more of the following areas of innovation policy, science policy, economic impact assessment of innovation/science policy, assessing the impact of research programmes, bibliometrics, horizon scanning and futures analysis, emerging and/or digital technologies.

You will also have very good analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the ability to communicate effectively with clients and to a range of audiences. Importantly, you will bring passion related to the field of innovation and science policy research and flexibility and drive to contribute to an exciting portfolio of high quality research and analysis in order to inform policy and decision making.

You will support the team in developing new business with policy clients, and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner. You will be able to work in a fast-paced environment, yet still deliver work of the highest empirical standards. You will be either a strong qualitative or quantitative researcher, with the ability and willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries and methodologies. While some quantitative skills (econometrics, statistics, etc.) are preferable, we will consider all researchers with a strong background in science and/or innovation policy research.

You may come from any relevant science or social science background – including public policy research, science and technology studies, economics, innovation policy research and have experience in applying your skills to policy problems.

You will have a proven record of writing and contributing to reports and/or articles in peer-reviewed journals (or equivalent). You should have proven experience of delivering research, the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams, and a drive to improve policy. Along with your good interpersonal skills, you should be willing to communicate effectively with people at all levels and engage with a diverse policy audience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages small projects, with some supervision, including monitoring budget, timetable and deliverables
  • Drafts sections of reports with minimal supervision
  • Maintains day-to-day contact with clients
  • Contributes to impact by identifying opportunities for communication of research findings
  • Manages small proposals
  • Analyses calls for tender to identify proposal requirements
  • Drafts sections of proposals
  • Supports business development activities
  • Supports strategic corporate initiatives
  • Ad hoc duties as required

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Some relevant experience in similar role (likely to have a minimum of two years relevant work experience)
  • Knowledge of methodologies and their application
  • Research design
  • Report writing
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Intermediate Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Intermediate PowerPoint

Qualifications

  • Post graduate degree or equivalent

Knowledge

  • Research Methods

Benefits

As a member of the team you will enjoy:

  • 8% Employer contribution Pension
  • Bupa Medical insurance
  • Generous Holiday allowance
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Group Life Assurance
  • A friendly multinational work environment
  • Employee Wellbeing Initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Childcare vouchers.

How to apply

Please submit your application via the RAND Europe’s online careers portal. You will need to submit a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience) as one document.

The deadline for applications is 24 January 2018.