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Research Assistant

Location: London

Salary: £18k - £23k (depending on skills & experience)

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 24 September 2018

We have two Research Assistant opportunities for intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking people looking to develop a career in social research. The roles will be full time (35 hours per week) and based in NatCen’s Policy Research Centre in London.

We can offer you the opportunity to play an active role in supporting the delivery of projects alongside our research experts. We will also support you to develop the skills and experiences necessary to progress through on-the-job learning, formal training and mentoring.

Essential skills and attributes

Candidates should demonstrate they meet the following criteria:

  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • Excellent numeracy and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to analyse and synthesise complex information
  • An aptitude for producing written materials that are clear and accessible to non-technical audiences
  • The ability to apply new knowledge and skills effectively
  • A flexible approach alongside excellent organisational skills

Desirable skills and experience

Experience of carrying out, or contributing to, an applied social research project would be advantageous.

For a detailed job description, please click here.

About NatCen Social Research

At NatCen 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.

We offer a friendly and stimulating environment with a high profile, challenging research programme, as well as favourable working conditions. Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement and a defined contribution pension scheme.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and supporting statement (no more than 700 words) demonstrating your suitability for the role. Please make sure that your supporting statement demonstrates that you have the skills, experiences and attributes listed above. 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a brief written task, which will be used to help decide who will be interviewed for the role. Candidates will be given a week to complete the task.

Applications should be sent by email to

Closing date for applications will be 9am, Monday 24th September 2018.

We particularly welcome applications from male candidates as they are under-represented within NatCen in social science research posts.

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