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Impact Manager for the ESRC Research Centre for Micro-Social Change

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research

Location: Colchester
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum, pro-rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st July 2019
Closes: 22nd September 2019
Job Ref: REQ02915

The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), founded over 25 years ago, is a research department in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Essex. It has a worldwide reputation as a multidisciplinary centre of quantitative social science research and as a producer of household panel data of the highest quality (‘Understanding Society’) and is home to the long-running ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) and EUROMOD, the tax-benefit micro-simulation model for the European Union.

The Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, MiSoC, created in 1989, is one of the longest running ESRC-funded research centres in the UK. The ESRC has recently awarded MiSoC 5 more years’ funding, beginning 1 October 2019. MiSoC is hosted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, which was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2017 for its “authoritative social and economic research to inform the policies of governments for the improvement of people’s lives”.

MiSoC is rightly proud of its record of achieving impact on policy and practice, and the future success of MiSoC depends on continuing and enhancing this through the 2019-2024 period, and on demonstrating this to funders and reviewers.

Duties of the Role

The postholder will play a key role in helping MiSoC achieve its ambitious goals for impact and knowledge exchange. He or she will work closely with the Director of MiSoC, Mike Brewer, and with MiSoC’s existing communications team, run by Louise Clarke Cullen. The main duties of the post are:

1. To work with and strengthen the connections between potential users of MiSoC research and MiSoC researchers to maximise opportunities for MiSoC to have an impact on policy and practice outside academia
2. To identify opportunities for MiSoC’s current and past research to be used in the policy process, and produce appropriate syntheses to facilitate this
3. To showcase MiSoC’s record in achieving impact, as understood by the Research Excellence Framework, and by UKRI/ESRC.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found in the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

Applicants are required to hold a degree in social science or equivalent experience in using or interpreting the findings of social science research. 

The post holder will need experience in using or interpreting the findings of social science research; an understanding of UK policy-making processes and priorities, especially within central government and Parliament; the ability to understand and summarise research findings for a broad audience in writing and verbally; and excellent inter-personal skills, so that they can work with both internal and external stakeholders at all organisational levels to promote MiSoC and to disseminate impactful research.

This is a fixed-term, part-time appointment for two years in the first instance. Applications are welcome from anyone looking to work between 18 and 21.6 hours per week.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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