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Senior Social Researcher

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

WORKING HOURS:  35 hours per week, open to flexible, part-time working.    

CONTRACT TYPE: up to 1 year, fixed-term

LOCATION: Central London, SW1P 3HE

SALARY: £35,875

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes.  We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making.  Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact. 

We are seeking a Senior Social Researcher to join the team on a fixed-term basis up to 1 year, covering maternity leave.  The purpose of the role is to design and carry out qualitative social science research and lead on smaller research projects or elements of larger projects.  The post holder will also build and cultivate external relationships, contribute to the drafting of research bids and proposals and undertake general project administration.

The research and public policy themes that this role will focus on are education and employment.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1. Working on research projects from inception to completion and achieving high-quality results.
  2. Using a range of qualitative social science research techniques and methodologies, including interviews and focus groups.
  3. Experience identifying and recruiting research participants.
  4. Analysing and interpreting data to generate evidence-based conclusions.
  5. Contributing to the drafting of research bids and proposals.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. PhD or Masters in a relevant qualitative social science, or equivalent.
  2. Knowledge of public policy issues, especially in the areas of education and employment.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in an audience appropriate way.
  4. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets.
  5. Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships.
  6. Knowledge of standard software packages and standard data analysis packages.
  7. Strong interest in real world economic and policy developments and some experience in applied public policy.

To apply

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1,500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above.  Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.  Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Fran Leadbeater via email:  In your application, please include the following: 

  • Where you saw the advert
  • Approximate start date
  • Details of two referees. NIESR will seek references prior to interview, so should you not wish us to contact any of your referees in advance, please make this clear.

If you would like any further information about the post, please contact Professor Adrian Pabst, Deputy Director of NIESR,

The deadline for applications is 4 July 2021. We will be shortlisting and interviewing candidates as we receive applications, so please submit your application early to ensure that it is considered. We also reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

Location: London
Salary: £35,875
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th June 2021
Closes: 4th July 2021
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