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Research Directors

Location: London

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

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Contract

Application deadline: 20 November 2017

12 months fixed-term contract to start November 2017 or soon after (with possibility to extend) 

We are recruiting two research professionals to join the Crime, Justice and Communities team in our Policy Research Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a thriving, mixed-method team undertaking some of the most exciting and influential policy-focused research in the UK. The role involves overseeing research and evaluation across a broad set of policy areas including prison reform, offender management, children’s social care, equalities, migration, victim support, LGBT issues, and radicalisation among others.

You may come from a research consultancy, academia, think-tank, government agency or another background, and will have good policy knowledge, strong methodological skills and be an experienced project manager. Your background is less important than the skills you bring. You will be ambitious in terms of winning research contracts and identifying new funding opportunities, including developing grant funding applications. You will be able to manage multiple projects, delivering to time and budget. You will be motivated by a desire to apply your skills to real-world policy questions and to delivering high quality research that meets clients’ needs.

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. All our researchers can benefit from an extensive research training programme and will have opportunities to work across policy areas and methods where possible.

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 20th November 2017.