Researcher

Demos is a highly respected cross-party think tank with a unique approach to making policy to solve our long term problems. Building on nearly 30 years of creativity, ideas and impact, Demos is working to shape a more collaborative democracy in the United Kingdom and beyond, in which power is devolved, citizens participate in policy making, and together as a nation we find answers to the challenges of our century.

About the role

We are looking for a brilliant researcher to support our team with delivery of our research and policy programmes. The role is on a 12 month contract initially, with the possibility of extension.

The post will suit someone with research experience, who is passionate about social change, enthusiastic about Demos’ mission, able to manage multiple projects, and wants to work with and support the development of a collaborative and dynamic team. 

The role will suit someone interested to:

  • Develop their own policy ideas and advocate for them to the highest ranks of government.
  • Engage with people’s lived experiences through our research, from in-depth focus groups to analysing large social media datasets.
  • Collaborate with partners to amplify our research findings and advocate for a stronger democracy. 
  • Appear in the national media and at events to discuss your research findings and talk about your ideas.
  • Author reports that are read across the political spectrum at Westminster.
  • Be part of a welcoming, creative community of thinkers – both at Demos and among the many other organisations we work closely with. 

Responsibilities 

You’ll lead on the management and delivery of research projects, using qualitative and quantitative methods to undertake original research to inform evidence-based policy recommendations, and support our research trainees in their professional development. 

You’ll write high-quality research reports, blogs, and other outputs for a range of audiences, and work with our External Affairs team to communicate our research findings clearly, compellingly and creatively. 

You’ll help develop Demos’ networks with different stakeholder groups, including policymakers, industry, academic, media and civil society. You will be keen to identify and lead on fundraising opportunities. 

You’ll work within our research teams – our core research team, which focuses on a new vision for relational public services, and CASM, our digital policy hub which works on how the internet can protect and promote democracy. 

You’ll support the ongoing organisational development of Demos. We are always looking to improve our ways of working, and engage regularly across the organisation on this. 

About you

The types of experience and skills we are looking for include the below. We welcome a range of applications which include parts of these attributes. 

Experience

  • Demonstrable professional experience in a research and/or public policy setting 
  • Management of project delivery from beginning to end, including working to multiple deadlines and coordinating team members 
  • Supporting of fundraising efforts, including writing grant applications and/or project proposals 
  • Building networks and collaborating with external partners 

Skills 

  • Knowledge and understanding of research design, methods and ethics 
  • Ability to use, analyse and interpret data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: comfortable writing for a range of audiences, presenting complex information in easy-to-understand and engaging formats 
  • Understanding of how policymaking works, and how change happens 
  • Demonstrable interest and passion for public policy making and social change, at the community, local, national or international level, and interest in the future of technology and the political questions it raises. 

Demos is committed to equality and valuing diversity within our organisation. We recognise, celebrate and promote the positive contributions that are made by diverse groups: engaging with and promoting the voices of people whose voices may not otherwise be heard is core to our work and we believe that this should be reflected in our team. We strongly encourage applications from people from minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, or others with lived experience of disadvantage. We have flexible working policies, and would be happy to discuss flexible working requirements with any candidates.

About us

Democracies are struggling to resolve their collective problems. Demos believes the solution is to build a cohesive society: one that is capable of resolving its differences to choose a way forward. A cohesive society is one with strong relationships between:

  • People and politics
  • People and one another
  • People and the economy

Demos wants to bring about a new era of collaborative democracy, recognising that building strong relationships is a new, central role for the liberal state. Making policy decisions for people is a missed opportunity to strengthen relationships between citizens and the democratic system: Demos works to change the policy process to put participation at its heart.

Demos is a fantastic place to develop your career in public policy. Demos researchers are the engine of our organisation, providing the ideas and thinking that fuels our influence across the political spectrum. Former colleagues include MPs like Stella Creasy and Danny Kruger, writers and broadcasters like Sonia Sodha and Jamie Bartlett, as well as civil servants, social entrepreneurs, and charity leaders. 

What we offer

  • Salary: £26,000 – £28,000 (depending on experience)
  • Location: Demos offices, London SW1.  Flexible working is supported and the team is currently working from a mixture of office and home. We are happy to discuss more details about the flexibility of this with candidates. 
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week 
  • Holidays: 30 days plus statutory holidays
  • Pension: 6%
  • A forward-thinking, welcoming and collaborative team
  • The chance to learn and grow personally and professionally 

How to apply

Please send a CV and a brief cover letter, detailing why you are interested in working with Demos and highlighting any relevant experience or skills, to [email protected] by Tuesday 5th July, 9am.    

Selection Process

We will conduct interviews either in person at our office, or via Zoom, w/c 4th July, followed by second interviews and a short exercise the following week. 

Questions?

If you have any further questions or aren’t sure if the role is right for you, please feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to answer any queries. 

We look forward to hearing from you!