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Research Assistant

Location: London

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

Department: Surveys, Data and Analysis

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 28 January 2019

We have a small number of Research Assistant opportunities for intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking people looking to develop a career in social research. You would be working alongside research experts to deliver the UKs largest, highest profile and most rigorous surveys.

Our work is diverse, and the role would reflect this, with involvement in all stages of the survey process from design to the dissemination of research findings. We work across a range of policy areas including health, housing, ageing and poverty, and you will be exposed to a number of these.  It will also cover a range of survey methodologies, providing an unrivalled grounding in survey research in a fast paced environment.

We will support you to develop the skills and experiences necessary to progress through on-the-job learning, formal training and mentoring. The roles will be full time (35 hours per week) based in NatCen’s Surveys, Data and Analysis department in London. 

Essential skills and attributes

  • A degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2:1)
  • 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
  • Experience of using statistical analysis software

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) outlining your skills, experience and why you would make a great addition to the team.

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 28th January 2019.

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