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Research Director (Maternity Cover)

Location: London

Salary: £40k - £50k (Depending on skills & experience)

Department: Survey Research Centre

Contract: Contract

Application deadline: 27 August 2018

We are recruiting an exceptional research professional to join the Longitudinal Surveys team in our Survey Research Centre. This post will be a one year fixed term contract.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a thriving team undertaking Britain’s best known longitudinal and cohort surveys. In particular, this role is to lead one of our flagship surveys: the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA). ELSA is in its ninth wave and you will be central to its delivery and the promotion of its rich data. In addition, you will lead thinking on the future development of the study, working alongside our collaborators at UCL, IFS and the University of Manchester.

Excellent research skills are essential, in particular survey design using quantitative research methods.  You will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in delivering quantitative research projects to time and budget, and of developing strong relationships with customers/funders and partners. Experience of managing longitudinal surveys will be an advantage but is not essential.

You will be enthusiastic about business generation at NatCen, able to identify new business opportunities and lead on writing tenders and grant applications.

We are open to flexible working and welcome part-time applications.

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 by email to

Closing date for applications will be 9am, Monday 27th August 2018.

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