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Senior Researcher

NatCen Social Research - ScotCen

Location: Edinburgh, Work from home
Salary: £26,000 to £37,700
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021

Location: Edinburgh (with flexible home/office hybrid opportunity)

About the role

We are looking for a talented individual with a passion for social research to deliver and develop our work in Scotland as part of the team at the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen).  We have Senior Researcher roles available which will primarily cover our portfolio of Scottish qualitative and mixed method research projects.  These include projects which are at the heart of evidence-based policy making in Scotland across a range of subject areas including health, welfare, social justice, and children, young people and families.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leading in all aspects of project delivery including sampling, topic guide development, fieldwork, analysis and reporting. Communicating effectively and professionally with colleagues, clients and external collaborators
  • Planning work and supervising more junior staff.
  • Working with colleagues to develop new business including contributing, and leading on aspects of, writing tenders and grant applications.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will:

  • have a proven track record of managing and delivering high-quality qualitative and mixed method research studies, helping to ensure their delivery to time and budget;
  • have strong qualitative research skills and experience of conducting fieldwork and analysing the resulting data;
  • be passionate about social research, have a basic understanding of survey methods and an interest in research design and methodology across qualitative and quantitative disciplines
  • have strong project management skills and be able to work well under pressure and to manage deadlines effectively;
  • be a good communicator and work well as part of a team;
  • Have a track record of building positive relationships with customers, funders, and/or partners.

Knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following key substantive/policy themes would be an advantage: public health, social justice and children and families.

While we expect post-holders to have greater experience of qualitative methods, a basic understanding of survey methods is essential.  There is an opportunity to work on projects across both disciplines. This is a full-time position, but we are open to part-time and flexible working proposals.

About the National Centre for Social Research:

At the National Centre for Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.


As well as a competitive salary and excellent working environment (including home/office hybrid) We are proud of the benefits we offer our employees which include; 

  • 25 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays) and flexible working
  • generous company pension scheme;
  • life insurance and health cash plan;
  • Cycle to Work scheme and season ticket loan;
  • Career development, professional subscriptions support and mentoring support from industry-leading experts.

The application process; (please apply online via our careers site),-scottish-centre-for-social-research/

Job reference: HR/SRSCOTCEN

All short-listed applicants will need to demonstrate proof of right to work in the UK.

We are committed to employment practices that promote diversity and inclusion in employment and welcome applications from qualified applicants regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sex, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, colour, race, religion or belief.

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