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Research Director

Location: London

Salary: £40,000 - £49,999 (depending on skills & experience)

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Contract

Application deadline: 27 March 2017

12 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity

We're looking for an exceptional Research Director (analyst or mixed methods researcher) to join our growing Health Policy Research team to design and lead secondary analysis projects and mixed methods work with significant quantitative elements. The Health Policy Research team’s interests are wide-ranging and include health services research and evaluation, mental health and wellbeing, ageing, health inequalities, substance misuse and food policy. You will have a strong track record of successful income generation, whether it be through responding to ITTs, winning research grants, or proactively building new client relationships, together with the passion and ability to build and lead a portfolio of work within the team.

Experience of using administrative datasets, such as HES, and knowledge of both primary and secondary care and health related data sets is desirable, as is an understanding of analysis methods for impact evaluation. Knowledge of the health sector and current policy landscape is also a distinct advantage, but your methodological, income generating, and client handling skills may have been gained in related fields.

As a senior member of the team and the wider organisation, you will work closely with the Head of Health Policy Research to support them in making strategic decisions about the direction of the team’s work; expanding and capturing new income generating opportunities; and providing leadership, development, and mentorship to junior colleagues, particularly with regard to providing guidance on analysis.

You will be a strong communicator, comfortable talking to a range of stakeholders, and producing high quality and high impact research products. The ability to lead and work on more than one project concurrently, work well under pressure and manage deadlines effectively in a dynamic and fast paced environment is essential. You will work alongside and be supported by knowledgeable colleagues across your projects, whether in the Health Policy team or across the wider Policy Research Centre or Survey Research Centre, and you will share with them a passion for social research and its potential to impact on policy and society.

Applications to work flexibly or part-time will be considered.

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 works for society by providing a rich understanding of people's lives and enabling them to have a powerful and influential role in shaping social policy decisions. Our research is used by policy makers, practitioners, academics, the media and the public as a driving force behind increased understanding of the environment we live in and how it's 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 outlining your skills, experience and why you would make a great addition to the team by email to applications@natcen.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications will be Monday 27th March 2017.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Fay Sullivan, Head of Health Policy Research at fay.sullivan@natcen.ac.uk or via our front desk on 020 7250 1866.