Researcher

Demos is a champion of people, ideas, and democracy. We bring people together. We bridge divides. We listen and we understand. We are practical about the problems we face, but endlessly optimistic and ambitious about our capacity to overcome them together.

Three things make Demos unique:

  • We listen to people, from all walks of life. We use rigorous research methods, including machine learning and big data, to understand social trends as well as people’s lives and experiences. We get people together to discuss problems and develop solutions, whether that’s in focus groups, citizens juries, or online communities.
  • We’re authentically cross-party. We’re passionate about ideas and innovation and we believe working across party lines is the way to get things done. And we know you don’t have to be in government to make change: so we’ll also work with social and community leaders, businesses and campaigners to renew Britain.
  • We innovate and look forward. We believe in the power of change to improve lives  and we live by that philosophy. We experiment with new ways of doing research and propose bold policy solutions. We’re looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the next decade. We don’t see problems, we see the opportunity to come up with new solutions.

Job description

Title: Researcher

Demos is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic candidate to join its research team.  

This is an opportunity to help shape the national agenda at a high profile charity, working to have an impact and improve lives in the UK through public policy.

Demos enjoys a long history of allowing our researchers to nurture their public platform, media profile and research interests as part of our commitment to personal development.

Objectives of post

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research, including gathering, preparing and analysing data, organising and conducting focus groups and interviews and designing research materials
  • Developing policy proposals, founded in evidence, for delivering improved outcomes
  • Undertaking and writing up literature reviews
  • Drafting research outputs, including written reports and blogs
  • Contributing to the impact of research projects by collaborating with the External Affairs team
  • Develop and maintain relations with key stakeholders and counterparts in partner organisations.

Person specification

Curiosity, enthusiasm and strong organisation skills are critical to success in this role. We’re looking for a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills, intellectual curiosity and an analytical mindset. Political interest and a commitment to improving lives are the biggest prerequisites.

Essential characteristics

  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods
  • Interest in data analysis
  • Project management skills, including working to multiple deadlines
  • Mathematical literacy: comfortable using and interpreting data
  • Confident written and verbal communication skills: comfortable writing for a range of audiences, presenting complex information in easy-to-understand formats
  • Hard working and committed, taking direct ownership of issues and seeing tasks  through to completion
  • Demonstrable interest in public policy making
  • Demonstrable interest in the future of technology and the political questions it raises.

Desirable characteristics

  • Relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Formal research methods training
  • Professional experience of undertaking qualitative or quantitative research projects
  • Experience of research software such as Nvivo or Stata
  • Understanding of research ethics

Terms and conditions

  • Salary: £22-26,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Reporting to: Head of Research
  • Location: Demos offices, London SW1
  • Pension: 6% (after three months service)

How to apply

If you are interested in this position please apply by email to [email protected] by 9am on Wednesday the 6th March. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please attach the following documents in pdf format to your email application:

  • A letter setting out why you want to work at Demos and why you are suited to this role;
  • A short note (no longer than 750 words) setting out a proposal for a policy change you would like to see implemented by government (national or local) as a response to a social problem caused or exacerbated by technology;
  • Your CV.

Interviews will be held at Demos offices in London during w/c the 11th of March.