Research Assistant in Developing and Analysing Research and Innovation Datasets for Policy

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists for a Research Assistant in the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy within Department of Engineering, to work on a research programme that seeks to develop and analyse research and innovation datasets to provide a robust evidence base for policymaking around how to strengthen the contributions of the public research base to industrial innovation. The research is jointly funded by CSTI and Research England. For further information, visit:

Key responsibilities and duties of the position are to support the research team in building and interrogating research and innovation datasets, drawing on data held by government agencies to address key research questions of value to policymakers and practitioners. Critical to this role will be the ability to more carefully characterise and structure these data, and overcome the challenges of linking multiple datasets from different sources together. The post holder will be expected to undertake both descriptive and statistical analyses of the datasets guided by the research leads. The post holder will also be expected to support the team in the qualitative phase of the research.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Degree in Management, Economics, Engineering or Computer Science
  • Experience in building and analysing complex datasets focused on research, technology and innovation-related activities is essential
  • Experience in writing scripts in an appropriate language to develop, structure, link together, and interrogate complex databases is essential
  • Relevant knowledge of applied economics, technology and innovation policy, university-industry knowledge exchange would be desirable

The salary scale is: £25,728 - £30,688

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Rashmi Sinha (email:

Please quote reference NM14399 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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