Research Assistant at Demos


Job description

Demos is recruiting an additional researcher for three months on a short-term contract to help deliver a selection of projects for a rapidly growing portfolio of public policy research. We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic person with a keen interest in politics. 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.

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
  • Identifying and putting forward proposals for policy, contributing to the specific objectives of the project
  • 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, including in-depth interviews and focus groups
  • 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
  • A collaborative mindset; able to work well within small or large teams.

Desirable characteristics:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Formal research methods training
  • Interest in the future of technology
  • 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

Closing date is 27th July 2018. Interviews will be held the week commencing 6th August.

Salary: £22-26,000 pro rata

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Reporting to: Head of Research

Location: Demos offices, London SW1


Potential candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented at Demos are especially encouraged to apply. This includes women and people from minority ethnic or low-income backgrounds.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position please send a CV and cover letter by email to [email protected] by the 27th of July 2018.

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