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Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £18k - £26k (Depending on skills & experience)

Department: ScotCen

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 29 May 2018

We are looking for a talented individual with a passion for social research to deliver and develop our work in Scotland. The role will be associated both with our high profile, Scottish survey work and our portfolio of Scottish qualitative and mixed method research projects. There is an opportunity to work on projects across both disciplines and the post holder will have a full involvement in all project stages from design and development to analysis and report writing.

Our projects are at the heart of evidence-based policy making in Scotland across a range of subject areas including health, crime and justice and children, young people and families. 

There will also be opportunities for involvement in the wider research, analytical and methodological work of NatCen as a whole. 

The successful candidate will be passionate about social research and its impact on policy and society. It would be desirable for applicants to have a social sciences degree with a research component, and undergraduate or postgraduate research experience would be an advantage. Essential attributes include good communication and team-working, an understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods appropriate for the level of the post, and an interest in policy relating to a range of substantive issues including public health, social attitudes, children and families or crime and justice.

You will usually work on different research projects at the same time. It is often a fast paced, quick response, ever-changing environment focussing on specific substantive and policy issues. Our portfolio of research is varied and you would have opportunities to work across many different policy and substantive areas such as those noted above. We use the whole range of different research methods and your work will touch on all stages and tasks of the research process. You will work alongside passionate and knowledgeable colleagues across all your projects. You must share our objective of delivering our clients fascinating, ethical, rigorous research that contributes to social and policy issues that matter - on time and within budget.

If you believe you have the experience and qualities we are looking for then please get in touch.

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 5pm, Tuesday 29th May 2018.

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