Executive Search Research Associate - Higher Education and Research Practice

Perrett Laver

Who we are

Perrett Laver is an Executive Search Firm and our mission is to serve sectors that benefit society by finding the strongest leaders to take on tomorrow’s challenges. We are an Employee Owned Trust, and our diverse team incorporates over 100 employees from many different countries and backgrounds across our 10 global offices.

We have practices in Higher Education, Schools, Arts and Culture and the Not-for-Profit sectors. Our Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Dame Alison Richard, formerly Provost of Yale University and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. We have been privileged to support appointments such as YolanDa Brown, as the Chair of the Board of Youth Music, Kumi Naidoo as the Secretary General of Amnesty International and Professor Louise Richardson as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Higher Education and Research Practice

Perrett Laver is a global leader in the higher education and research sectors. We support higher education institutions internationally to find academic leaders with the potential to change the world and shape our future. Over the years we have placed hundreds of senior academic leaders and leading professors around the globe. Our clients include ground-breaking scientific and research institutions, leading global educational institutions, large-scale teaching-oriented universities and leading conservatoires.

Research Associate

By combining the intellectual and analytical skills necessary to grasp a complex brief and the research skills to identify world-leading candidates for leadership roles, the Research Associate is fundamental to our business. Flexible, rigorous and attracted to complexity, you will have the advocacy skills to engage senior academic leaders and world-leading professors over the phone and face-to-face.

You will enjoy working under your own initiative to deliver consistently excellent results, and have the capacity to work within a core project team. You’ll be part of a strong, global network of colleagues and friends who inspire and encourage you to have fun while making a real difference and contributing to a wider corporate team.

Person specification:

As an organisation our shared-values unite us in our daily work and in our own team. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, we celebrate diversity, are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.


  • Bachelor's degree;
  • Interest in the Higher Education sector;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication;
  • Sharp and rigorous analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Tenacious, committed with strong personal values;
  • Strong inter-personal skills both over the phone and face-to-face


  • A higher degree in the physical or life sciences;
  • Accomplished in European Languages

To Apply Please send us a CV and Covering Letter through our website.

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