Senior Researcher

Demos, the cross-party think tank, is looking to recruit a Senior Researcher with experience in polling, an interest in both quantitative and qualitative social research, and passion about public policy.

This full time, permanent position will involve independently managing research projects, reporting in to the Director of Research. 

The successful candidate will be confident and experienced in designing balanced and carefully worded questionnaires that unearth interesting and unusual insights into public attitudes, will have a keen eye for detail and be confident to lead on QA processes, and will have a good knowledge of every stage of the polling process. They will be extremely comfortable using Excel; the ideal candidate will have some experience using R and Tableau, though this is not a necessity.

They will also be an excellent written and verbal communicator, enthusiastic and confident about conducting qualitative research as well as quant, interested in understanding and developing innovative research techniques, and have a strong interest in developing and advocating for public policy reform.

The ideal candidate would have experience in writing and pitching proposals for funded work, be an excellent networker, and be full of ideas for new projects and how to fund them.

About Demos

We are not like most Westminster think tanks. We are completely non-partisan in our approach: our way of working is to involve the public in policy discussions and decisions. We use unique methodologies to do this, and develop our own tech to underpin them. Based on Whitehall, we are an ambitious team of about 20, working together for real impact. 

We work on a diverse range of issues from online anonymity to food poverty. Our flagship projects this year include:

  • Renew Normal – the People’s Commission on Life After Covid
  • The Good Web Project – articulating, measuring and advocating for a better Internet
  • A People’s Budget – a public deliberation on how best to fund the state

We are working to improve the diversity of our team, and strongly encourage applicants from groups under-represented in Westminster to apply. That includes people with lived experience of disadvantage, including poverty, discrimination and disability.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position please apply by email to [email protected] by 

4 December. Any applications received after this time will not be considered. 

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

  • A letter (no more than one side of A4) setting out why you want to work at Demos and why you are suited to this role.
  • A short note (no longer than 500 words) setting out a proposal for a policy change to improve Britain after the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Five questions you would ask in a poll relating to the proposal (these do not contribute to the above word count). These should be worded such that you would be comfortable sending them out as they are written.
  • Your CV.

Terms and conditions

  • Salary: £28,000-£32,000 per year depending on experience
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week; 30 days’ holiday
  • Reporting to: Director of Research
  • Location: Demos offices, London SW1
  • Pension: 6% (after three months service)

As a result of the pandemic, we’re all currently working from home, and would support flexible working for this role.