The Behavioural Insights Team is the world leader in applying behavioural science to public policy challenges in order to strengthen communities and improve lives.
We design and rigorously test new ideas across a range of areas such as health, crime and education, to establish what works and what doesn’t. We have helped Tuberculosis patients take their medicine; reduced police susceptibility to cyberattacks; and helped organisations close their gender pay gap.
We are looking for a Head of Quantitative Research to join our team. BIT’s Head of Quantitative Research is central to BIT’s standards. The core duties of the position are:
- Working with BIT’s Chief Scientist to design and execute a research strategy for BIT, which includes bringing new statistical methods into BIT’s playbook, help to optimise existing approaches and ensure colleagues have appropriate statistical support.
- Quality assuring and signing off research materials including trial protocols prior to the launch of a trial, analysis and client reports and other deliverables before they are sent to clients;
- Providing statistical and practical advice on running and analysing trials to BIT’s community of researchers;
- Setting, maintaining and monitoring research standards across BIT, including ensuring that our onboarding and other training materials are up to date and appropriate;
- Mentoring and encouraging personal development in the community of quantitative researchers; and
- Communicating complex research results and decisions to clients in a way that they can understand and act on.
The role can also include, depending on your interests and experience:
- Evaluation — leading projects with our evaluation clients such as the Education Endowment Foundation, the Youth Futures Foundation, Evaluation Task Force and others;
- Mixed methods research — developing our qualitative research expertise alongside our quantitative work;
- Policy work on the use of algorithms (particularly in the public sector);
- Predictive modelling and data science.
This role is at Principal Advisor level which means you will be involved in things like:
- Supporting Business Development efforts of BIT’s policy teams, including brainstorming project ideas with clients and potential clients, and contributing to bids for competitively tendered projects.
- Steering groups for BIT’s larger programmes.
- Mentoring and training junior researchers.
We are looking for people who understand what we do, share our values and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. We are looking for a candidate who has relevant and demonstrable practical experience in research, with the skills listed below. We expect to provide training and development support in some of the areas.
- Strong statistical skills
- An appetite for difficult statistical and inferential problems.
- Practical decision making skills.
- A solid understanding of causality
- A focus on impact.
- Supporting and developing others.
- Clear and convincing communications.
- Managing and developing yourself at work.
Location: London (Westminster). We are currently operating a hybrid model which includes 2 days a week in the office.
Starting Salary: £68,400 per annum, plus benefits.
Contract type: Permanent (Available on a full-time (39 hours) or part-time basis)
How to apply
Please visit Applied to start your application and for more information about the role and recruitment process.
- Role closes: Monday 29th November at 12.00pm GMT (midday)
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